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  • MrsBean
    +3

    "With surprising speed over the past week, the government has already shifted over 100 of these to a settlement outside of town (three floors a time) and is set to displace everyone living in the building, primarily to Valles del Tuy in the state of Miranda."

    Huh, look at that. Just look at how quickly a government can act when there is something in it for them. Let's not think about the fact that these folks have lived and worked in the abandoned unfinished Tower of David since 1990 (another article has the date as 1994). Over 20 years this building has been a slum, some living there for 7 years, due to socialist leader Hugo Chavez. The people were quite resourceful, making homes, places to shop, exercise, and work for themselves despite their government. Over 20 years. Take a moment with that.

    And now bam Chinese "bankers" (the move was started before the "bankers" interest was publicly confirmed) come along wanting to finish the building and bam again, placement is arranged for the people residing there.

    Move along David, Goliath has arrived.

  • drunkenninja
    +3

    The tower was originally abandoned mid-construction in 1990 and eventually taken over by informal inhabitants who created not just homes but stores, offices, gyms, groceries, tailors, factories, churches tattoo parlors and even internet cafes within its walls.

    That is very impressive, there is a Chinese cultural center (not nearly as big as this) thats sitting around empty for about 10 years now. Its still a massive building, but it doesn't look like anyone has taken residence in there as of yet.

    • MrsBean
      +2

      Where abouts is this building /u/drunkenninja? Vancouver or elsewhere? I'm thinking the key to having it finished is people moving in and utilizing the empty buildings potential. That should be all the incentive those with money need. "Oh no, can't have someone living somewhere for free, that will never do. I'm not making any money. Profits before people don't 'cha know."

      (ok, that was a very biased comment on my part, not leaving any room for an open minded discussion. I will work on that)

      • drunkenninja
        +2

        I don't have the address on hand, the next time I drive by it ill be sure to PM you with it as it really is a sight to see. Its HUGE, and really well kept with freshly cut grass and everything, but there is nothing happening inside since like 2003 or so.

        • MrsBean
          +2

          Thanks for the follow up. I guess if it has manicured lawns it also has security to keep the riff-raff away. There is a problem in Toronto with empty condos. People from over seas (trying to not say China ;) ) buy them as investment opportunities then the condos/ houses/ buildings sit empty. I hear Vancouver has the same problem. All that manages to do is raise property prices to the point only wealthy foreigners can afford to buy. Everyone else rents. Going off topic so I'll stop.

          • drunkenninja (edited 4 years ago)
            +3

            It just sucks that its been sitting around empty for 10 years... So much can be done with that space, and the multicultural value of a center like this being open would be astronomical. To me it almost seems like its a dispute between two sides, neither side wants to watch this place rot, but they are not willing to work out a deal to get this building up and online.

            Edit: This comment put me at Lvl 47! Woot :)

            • MrsBean
              +2

              Congratulations, 47 is quite impressive! Way to make Snapzu the most awesome place on the net :)

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