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Taco Pampa, Argentina: a threatened model of social economy

For over 100 years, a group of approximately 80 families have been living and maintaining a productive system in the territory of the department of La Paz which has enabled not only the survival of these families, but a model of production that is balanced with the environment. In June 2004, the bulldozers of the national and US capital enterprise Los Poquiteros S.A intended to enter the fields belonging to these families, and the population started the resistance.

Considerations on the massive evictions in Mexico

The 1994 economic crisis caused many small businesses, farmers and families of workers, who had mortgage loans with privatisated banks, to go bankrupt. This then caused major inflation of over 100%. This meant that debts doubled from one day to the next and, with late interests, they were unable to pay back their loans. The ’94 economic crisis is known in Mexico as the ‘December Mistake’, but it also took place just after the crisis involving the transition from one Priist government to another.

Villa 31-Retiro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Seventy years of urban struggle for the right to housing, land and liberty Villa 31/Retiro was amalgamated in 1930 on public land near downtown, the port of Buenos Aires and one of the large train stations serving the northern part of the country. At first, it housed the families of dockworkers who lost their jobs in the economic crisis of 1929. In the Forties, European immigrants arrived and worked laying the rail system extension. In the Fifties, the amalgamation was organized as six neighbourhoods with a coordinating committee of neighbourhood delegates.

The Mortgage Crisis - Out of Sight, Out of Mind

People in Communities of color have lost billions of dollars in home equity, and today they are losing their homes on a massive scale

After the International IAI Days

The aim was to contribute to the training of the emerging leaders of urban social movements; to rethink the city, citizens’ rights and the processes of self-management in social habitat production and the social function of property; and to take on the threats that neoliberalism poses to towns and the environment.

Report on Manhattan Vacant Property Count

 “Picture the Homeless” is excited to announce the release of our brand-new report, Homeless People Count , documenting the results of our historic Vacant Building & Lot Count.  In 2006, in collaboration with the office of Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, we went up and down every single block in Manhattan to quantify the volume of vacant property going to waste in the middle of the worst housing crisis the city has ever seen. The results of that count are contained within this report, and they were shocking even to us—and we’ve been talking about abandoned buildings for years!