The Cooperative Option

Mutual aid cooperatives in Latin America give us a glimpse of what democratic social housing could look like.

Zona 6 (Photo by Jerónimo Díaz).

The mid-twentieth century saw unprecedented urbanization in Latin America. Millions of migrants were left to fend on their own in cheap rental housing in city centers, or forced to find alternatives in peripheral areas. Irregular land markets and occupations surged, giving birth to “favelas” in Rio de Janeiro, “pueblos jóvenes” in Lima, the “villas” of […]

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