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Acumensch: I don't know that anyone's written a 'p...

2008-04-03T21:28:00.000-04:00

Acumensch: I don't know that anyone's written a 'philosophy of the squat.' And though it might be really great if someone did, I don't know that it's necessary, as squatting is a result, mostly, of necessity not theory.

There are a couple of indispensible books: For rural to urban migration, I recommend John Berger's great trilogy of novels: Pig Earth, Once in Europa, and Lilac and Flag. They're not theory, but they're incredibly thoughtful. Both Latife Tekin (from Turkey) and Patrick Chamoiseau (from Martinique) have written impressive novels of the squatter reality.

For some visionary (though idealistic) ideas on how self-organization can reach beyond labor and beyond ideology, I recommend some of the work of Andre Gorz (though, sadly, some of his salient later texts have yet to be translated into English).

Let me put some more thought into this and I'm sure I'll come up with more.



Everyone is gentrifying in the race for developmen...

2008-04-02T21:10:00.000-04:00

Everyone is gentrifying in the race for development.

PS. I like your blog, it's my first time here. Can you give me links to some theory behind squatting?



Do you know of any organizations in Istanbul worki...

2008-03-07T10:42:00.000-05:00

Do you know of any organizations in Istanbul working to support the squatters (in Sulukule and elsewhere)? I live here now and want to get involved, but I speak very little Turkish so my searches are coming up with nothing.



Hello, I've liked the layout of your blog. I have ...

2008-03-02T19:05:00.000-05:00

Hello,

I've liked the layout of your blog. I have my own blog and was wonering if you would accept a monthly payment for a link in your sidebar. That or we can do a link exchange. Wasn't sure what you would think of the idea but thought I would run it by you anyway. Thanks in advance for considering.

Have a great day,

Scott



BC planning: you've gotten the point. So called 's...

2008-01-18T07:03:00.000-05:00

BC planning: you've gotten the point. So called 'slum redevelopment' often results in downraiding, where middle-class folks come in to snap up below-market-price properties. This form of gentrification does simply push the poor people out to the margins of their cities.

Kerchina: Thanks for the great article on refugees and migrants, who are often among the most desperate people on the planet.

John: No one's arguing against government action. The question is whether government should be working with squatters to determine what they want and how to improve their homes or whether it is best to use a one-size-fits-all response that will demolish everything adn rebuild in a way that will limit families to 225 square feet and break longstanding community relationships. In Dharavi, the redevelopment is more like a traditional real estate deal, stacking the squatters in highrises and freeing up adjacent property for market rate development.



Mumbai is the major city in India where the people...

2008-01-18T06:31:00.000-05:00

Mumbai is the major city in India where the people density is unimaginable, and there are hundreds of slums around. The only solution government has to step in and take action...
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This is another great article on squatters that ev...

2008-01-18T00:24:00.000-05:00

This is another great article on squatters that everyone should check out:

http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/04/01/asia/stateless.php

-Christina Luster



Ironically the elimination of squatter homes will ...

2008-01-17T23:03:00.000-05:00

Ironically the elimination of squatter homes will just push out residents to other crowded slums or squatter developments which will make the situation even worse for these urban places