Over the last month Bologna has been shaken by a wave of housing occupations.
These occupations should be seen in the context of the nationwide weeks of action which culminated in 19 October’s national demonstration in Rome. The occupiers justify their action as being a response to what they describe as a housing emergency.
A selection of photos (taken by the author) to accompany the "[url=Salt of the Earth]http://libcom.org/blog/salt-earth-pah-occupied-flat-block-catalu%C3%B1-foot-door-something-new-involuntarily-homeless-1[/url]" article.
Salt of the earth: PAH-occupied flat block in Cataluña is a foot in the door of something new for the involuntarily homeless
For the last five months, sixteen families – from a broad range of backgrounds and nationalities, almost all victims of bank foreclosures – have been living together in an abandoned, brand new flat block in a ghostly quiet suburb of the Catalan town of Salt in Spain.
Organised in the PAH (Plataforma por los Afectados por la Hipoteca –the Victims of Mortgages Coalition), the occupiers of Bloc Salt have held out since 23rd March against repeated attempts by the authorities to cut their water supply and intimidate them into leaving, and instead are concentrating on developing their own community, with a living space t
James Butler interviews Sara, a single-parent in Tower Hamlets, East London, which illustrates the impossible situation especially social housing tenants are being put in, squeezed on both sides by government cuts and gentrification.
The Balfron Tower is famous. Designed by Ernö Goldfinger, it is the older – and less loved – sister of the Trellick tower in North Kensington. Standing 27 stories tall, and adjacent to Carradale House, another Goldfinger block, it has become a Poplar landmark.