Common in our conversations with workers in different parts of the city were comments about their co-workers, the neighbourhood, the city and its shared spaces of multicultural and multilingual interaction. Many such remarks seemed to cut both ways, to celebrate diversity yet at the same time to revel in apparently lighthearted discrimination. Muhibb, one of the brothers trading fruit and vegetables at the Produce Market (Chapter 1) explains the diverse workforce around him.

We’ve got them all. Deaf, dumb, blind, stupid … Different races … You’ll find everything here. It’s probably the most perfect place to be in the world. If you can work in this place you can work anywhere in the world. You won’t find anywhere better than here.