I visited the urban fringe yesterday morning. This part is East of the Global Strip about 1 Km. It is all new development, partly from old village strips and partly new from barren lands. Had a fairly good sunshine with clouds coming in now and then around 0930 in the morning. Though it was a Sunday the activities were on, showing how fast this area is getting built up. It will be an unregulated concrete jungle soon with structures ranging from the rich and elite to the poor and unsettled. This is one of the zones in the city, most impacted by the Global Strip. There has been a big increase in criminal activities of all kinds, too. Old time residents suffer the most as they are in the aging cohorts, used to retired and peaceful life-styles. They are in a minority now. Developers, the land mafia, the drug traders and plain criminals are clustering here attracted by the affluence of the Global Strip-generated employees and trade. The police are not able to keep up with the rise in crime rates. I used my new Praktica Super TL 1000 with the Pentacon 50mm lens. The lens came with fungus and dirt. But I could open it fairly easily; the front group comes out in one cylinder and the rear group comes out in another from either side of the aperture blades. The fungus was on the inside surface the front element and the inside lens surface of the rear group. Got cleaned easily with Ammonia and Peroxide 50-50 mixture, then with filtered water and then petrol [gas] and blown dry. I am lucky that the fungus did not leave any etching marks on the glass or the coating. I hope the general ambiance in the pictures convey the social characteristics, [at least] partly. Here are some samples.