With the recent implementation of the Pacifying Police Units (UPP) in several favelas in Rio de Janeiro, the gentrification process can already be observed, due to the vergitinous real estate valuation and to the rise in costs of infrastructure. Testimonies from residents of Chapéu Mangueira, a community in the Leme neighborhood, question the consequences of the current government’s policy, alerting the population so that the favela culture is not lost.
Spain’s Senate is debating new laws to give cash-strapped Spaniards more time to meet mortgage repayments and avoid eviction. Under the changes, banks would have to wait two years before repossessing the homes of disadvantaged families. For now, Spain finds itself continuing to evict people from their homes, even as millions of properties sit empty. Two very different solutions to this problem are now arising.
Lagos has over 10 million inhabitants – most of whom are constantly struggling for adequate housing. With an ever-increasing population, a decent place to live has become a luxury for Lagos’s poor majority. Click here to watch a newsclip from YouTube featuring Friday Ogunyemi and the aftermath of the forced eviction.
On the 19th January 2013, homeless activists and their allies squatted an empty building in the 7th district of Budapest. The activists were arrested and now face misdemeanor charges because of disobeying police instructions.
Should one sporting event mean losing your home? In one small but valuable corner of Rio the answer is a very loud: No. “Without a home you have nothing. And Vila Autódromo is my home, my life is here. If they take my home, they take my identity, my past.”
Antonio Azuela, a visiting fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, investigates issues and concerns in judicial rulings that have an impact on land use and urban planning in Latin America. Click here to watch the video.
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