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Squatters on the Skyline

"Facing a mounting housing shortage, squatters have transformed an abandoned skyscraper in downtown Caracas into a makeshift home for more than 2,500 people."


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Felix Ramos Jr.'s curator insight, February 25, 4:55 PM

The situation here in Caracas is very sad.  Sometimes we don't know how lucky we have it in America.  The picture that sticks with me from this video is the young man in a shirt and tie who is trying to provide for his family but could not get any credit.  He did not look like someone who is down on their luck.  He looked like a man who was optimistic and trying to inch forward.  I loved the picture he stood for.  It seems too often that we see people in America with the "Oh, poor me"-attitude!

Joshua Mason's curator insight, March 3, 12:02 PM

From a young age, we learn that food and water, clothing, and shelter are the three necessities for life. The housing crisis in Venezuela depraves the people of at least one of those things. Making use of abandoned buildings, the people of Caracas have found a way to take care of the shelter. It's amazing how a skyscraper originally intended to house businesses that were incredibly affluent could end up becoming a slum of sorts after the business went under. 

 

A solution to the problem would be to officially turn the building into housing for the poor. Since it's been "unoccupied" since the 90's and the government has shown no intent to force the people out or tear it down, they might as well just use it as what the current inhabitants are using it for. The structure, for the most part, is already built. If they were able to add on to the core, then the building could be built at a lower cost than a new one. Although, the modifications the current residents may have made may have proved too costly to fix for the project to be feasible.

 

It's amazing these people have found a way to live together collectively and form their own little autonomous dwelling complete with a hierarchy and shops. 

Kristin Mandsager San Bento's curator insight, March 5, 2:13 PM

The squatters have made their own community complete with services and mini marts.  This tells me there is not enough affordable housing if the people of Caracas are willing to live in dangerous conditions.  Caracas government needs to build affordable housing or create better paying jobs so the citizens can spend the money in the community.  Its a cycle that needs everyone's participation to work to build a sustaining economy.  

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Violence escalates in divided Venezuela

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CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan security forces and demonstrators faced off in streets blocked by burning barricades in several cities on Thursday in an escalation of protests against President Nicolas

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Nicole Kearsch's curator insight, October 14, 2014 11:24 AM

Venezuelan people are not happy with the socialist government that is taking place in their country.  Violent protests are being held in the streets hoping for some sort of change.  These protests are causing some major problems as well.  With the protests wreaking havoc in the streets, businesses are choosing not to open up for business, causing a greater negative impact on the economy.  Also the fact that news stations are not broadcasting any reliable information about what is going on with the protests is turning people to social media.  This can be a good thing until the information presented becomes unreliable because of people providing falsified information as well as images.  If the government would listen to the people to find out what they want maybe something could work out to stop the violence, arrests and injuries that are occurring as a result of these protests. 

Edelin Espino's curator insight, November 17, 2014 1:55 PM

I think that Maduro should relinquish power and let the people choose their own leader. Continuing with such an absurd dictatorship is not good for anybody, especially an economy of third world that needs the support of other countries for sustain. It's sad to see people fighting for their rights and being attacked by their own advocates.

Louis Mazza's curator insight, February 12, 1:36 PM

Violent government protesting is on the rise and its mostly led by students. The citizens of Venezuela are protesting the socialist government, led by president Nicolas Maduro. Since his election in April 2013 he has been blamed for violent crime, high inflation, product shortages and repression of opponents, like a dictatorship.  protesting has escalated causing Venezuelan security forces to create burning barricades in the streets. over the last week there has been 5 recorded deaths.