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For buildings of the same name in other Tropico games, see Shanty.

Shanty is the lowest quality housing placable by the player in Tropico 3.


When built, they have junk décor items; like Propane tanks, boxes and tires(roof). They may accumulate trash and/or trash-can(rear door) depending on the occupancy, foot traffic, surrounding buildings and anti-litter ordinance edict. There is a hint of Crime around them; which a passing policeman's car or if near the Palace(with soldiers), keeps to a negligible level.

In-Game Text


"Run-down building that screams 'poverty'. Keep these eyesores far away from pretentious tourists and upper class citizens."


"A cheap structure that offers minor improvement over shacks. Shanties require no upkeep, but provide no rent."


Upon the start of a mission, any of these pre-placed buildings can be helpful. But, as time goes by the player may want to demolish them; to be replaced by better housing. These buildings are space wasting in the extreme.

Tropico 3 Buildings
Housing Apartment BlockBunkhouseCondominiumCountry HouseHouseMansionShackShantyTenement
Food & Resources FarmFisherman's WharfLogging CampMarketplaceMineOil WellRanch
Industry CanneryCigar FactoryFurniture FactoryJewelry FactoryLumber MillOil RefineryRum DistilleryWeapons FactoryA
Tourism AirportUBeach VillaBungalowHotelLuxury HotelMotelSkyscraper HotelUTourist Dock
Attractions Balloon RideAUBeach SiteBotanical GardenUEthnic EnclaveMarinaAPoolSouvenir ShopSpaTour OfficeUZoo
Entertainment CabaretCasinoChildhood MuseumFerris WheelAGourmet RestaurantMovie TheaterNight ClubPubRestaurantSports Complex
Infrastructure Construction OfficeDockElectric SubstationGarageGarbage DumpAPower PlantTeamster's OfficeWind Turbine
Government ArmoryArmy BaseBankDiplomatic MinistryUGuard StationImmigration OfficeUNuclear ProgramAUPolice StationPrison
Human Services CathedralChurchClinicCollegeGrade SchoolAHigh SchoolHospitalNewspaperRadio StationTV Station
Landmarks & Beauty Christ the SaviorUEternal FlameUFountainsGardensGolden StatueUMiscellaneousRadar DishScenic OutlookStatuesTrees
Special Aid CampUAncient RuinsUPalaceUSecret PoliceU
A: Requires Absolute PowerU: Unique Building