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  • Skyscraper Slum in Venezuela

    'Skyscraper Slum' Brings Venezuela's Poor to New Heights

    EXCERPTS;
    It boasts a helicopter landing pad, glorious views of the Avila mountain range, and large balconies for weekend barbecues.

    Yet this 45-story skyscraper in the center of Venezuela's capital Caracas is no five-star hotel or swanky apartment block: it is a slum, probably the tallest in the world.


    Dubbed the "Tower of David", the building was intended to be a shining new financial center but was abandoned around 1994 after the death of its developer - financier and horse-breeder David Brillembourg - and a massive run on Venezuela's banking sector.

    Squatters seized the huge concrete skeleton in 2007, then-President Hugo Chavez's government turned a blind eye, and now about 3,000 people call the tower their home.
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    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latin-am...heights-n70186


    Interesting story here, and a bit of insight in what it's like to be "poor" in other parts of the world.
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  • #2
    Another shining example of how Hugo Chavez brought prosperity to Venezuela...

    Seems like 3,000 people would be living a lot better if that building was supporting jobs instead of squatters, but hell, at least the building is being used for something.
    "Why is the Rum gone?"

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    • #3
      The linked article looks like it was cribbed from a long item that was in the New Yorker a month or two ago.

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      • #4
        How nice: A very large septic tank. I suspect other Socialists and dictators will see the value in vertical slums as a way to pack more scum and peasants into less real estate...

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        • #5
          Reminds me of the huge tower block in Judge Dredds Mega City One.

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          • #6
            I wonder how soon the BLM will come with guns and kick them all out of there....
            "Why is the Rum gone?"

            -Captain Jack

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