Squatters occupy failed 45 story skyscraper in Caracas


Squatters have revitalized and now live in a skyscraper that was never finished in Caracas. They have communal electricity and water. Some authorities want them out so they can restore the building to its original purpose. However, the building already is serving a fine purpose now.

This YouTube description is somewhat negative. The video is much more positive about what the squatters are doing.

Welcome to the world’s tallest slum: poverty-ridden Venezuela’s Tower of David. Squatters took over this very unfinished 45-story skyscraper in the early 1990s, and they’ve been there ever since. The tower was originally intended to be a symbol of Caracas’ bright financial future, complete with a rooftop helipad, but construction stopped because of a banking crisis and the sudden death of the tower’s namesake, David Brillembourg.

Today, as the government is grappling with a citywide housing shortage, the tower is a stark monument to what could have been in the country’s crime-plagued capital. The tower is dogged by accusations of being a hotbed of crime, drugs and corruption. But to residents, many of whom have spent their entire lives there, it’s just home.

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  1. That’s stupid to ask how can the government provide for a growing population. So why is it they are willing to improve stolen property and not their own structure in the slums?

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