Pollution and Population, Amman, Jordan



As we stood on the hills of the Jordanian Citadel, with the Temple of Hercules behind us, this was the view that confronted us.   Immediately, the first thing that came to mind was that Jordan didn’t seem to be suffering from urban sprawl; rather it was urban concentration, similar to the slums in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Houses built atop houses, where everyone can literally feel that they are in the middle of a circle of over-population.   While many have moved to the city of Amman in search of betterment and work, many a staunch Bedouin remain living in the desert as their forefathers had done before them. They eke out a living selling trinkets to tourists and doing odds and ends.

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