“There is a huge construction dynamic happening there,” said Odnell David, Haitian government housing division director. “We can’t keep it like this, otherwise it will become a massive slum.”
While Canaan has almost all of the amenities of a city – churches, schools, football fields, mom-and-pop shops in a commercial district – it is anything but well-planned.
“When I see Canaan, I see the exact replica of Cite Soleil (a slum in the Port-au-Prince area) – a politics of neglect, a large growing cancer,” said Leslie Voltaire, an urban planner who worked on housing issues shortly after the quake. “It’s the image of the reconstruction, but by the people and without any resources.” via | Florida Courier