This chapter explores the economic history of the Ridge, which has been the site of intensive production as well as conspicuous consumption. From the hunting palaces of famed sultan Firoz Shah Tughlaq to the luxurious farmhouses and malls of the present day, the Ridge has long been a favorite spot for Delhi-ites to flaunt their fabled wealth. But the explosive economic growth of Delhi, especially in contemporary times, has come at great ecological and social costs.

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