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Old 06-18-2013, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Australia
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From what I've read, it seems like an awful existence. Gated homes with barbed wire, security guards and cameras. I would not want to live in a bubble for the rest of my life.

 
Old 06-28-2013, 05:58 PM
 
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From what I've read, it seems like an awful existence. Gated homes with barbed wire, security guards and cameras. I would not want to live in a bubble for the rest of my life.
Take a look at the houses near High Level Road and Hill Street in Cape Town. Pretty nice places, usually in the 450k and up range. No barbed wire or security guards, just nice views and a lovely city. These days you can find an abundance of upscale gated communities in the states too. And all sorts of terrible crimes happen over here too.
 
Old 07-04-2013, 09:15 AM
 
Location: South Portland, ME
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It doesn't look like a nice place to live. I visited Pretoria and Johannesburg a few years ago... all the neighborhoods look like individual prisons... every house is fortified with tall fences and it looks very unfriendly and unwelcoming.






 
Old 07-09-2013, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Fort Collins, USA
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I dont know...I personally tend to discount all those "wealthy" small Caribbean islands. Yes they tend to have high incomes, but those incomes are artificially inflated by the big money banking/tourism sectors, none of whom are actually based on those islands, but rather are branches of the big American/European banks/tourism companies. The monies earned are repatriated back to their home headquarters in Europe/America, and very little of that money actually ends up with the local black population. Take Barbados for example. I know people actually FROM there, and I can assure you that while they are certainly not starving like people in Haiti, it's not Switzerland either, not by a long shot.

The site above is measuring human development, which takes into account many factors other then income. If it were simply based on GNI then you might have a point in questioning if that income is fairly distributed among the citizens. However, I see no reason to discount the quality-of-life ratings for the more highly ranked black Caribbean countries simply because many of them have large banking/tourism sectors.
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