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A View of an Absence
Mark Stewart Cassidy

The Hebrides, or Western Isles, have become among the emptiest places in Europe with a population density of less than nine people per square kilometer. This population continues to dwindle, while there is a continuing demand for housing. Many empty structures have been judged unfit for human habitation while many others which may be brought to a tolerable standard are in remote districts where demand for housing is low. The islanders continue to have a standard of living below the Scottish average, while spending more on basic necessities such as food and heating.