wat0n wrote:Italy's, France's (there are similar/worse slums in Paris), etc... I'd say the American and Canadian poor generally have better housing.
Again, I think it depends on ethnicity and how that ethnic group is related to the state and the economic system.
While I am not certain about how black communities deal with access to decent housing, I would not be surprised if their experiences were comparable to many people in the developing world. It is almost certainly still not equal to white North Americans, since redlining is either still a thing or ended recently enough to still have an impact.
I know for certain that many Indigenous communities in Canada have poor access to decent housing (especially on reserves and remote communities) that is easily comparable to the developing world. This is probably also true for the USA.
Consequently, it is most likely that these two groups often deal with housing comparable to that found in the developing world, while the rest of North America does so well that it brings the average close to European standards.
Unthinking Majority wrote:Is America more strict on law enforcement, or do they just have more idiots walking around that need to be jailed?
I just assume that it is the most profitable arrangement. The more people incarcerated, the more money is generated for the rich.