Monday, April 02, 2007
There goes the neighborhood
A few blocks from our new house site is a corner with a billion squatters on it. While this is not legally their land, the structures have been here for a while. When we passed last week, MMDA trucks were there and the structures were being demolished. According to a newspaper vendor we flagged down, the people were paid for 3 meters by the city.
I am conflicted. Half of me is happy about the improvement to the neighborhood (we shall see how long this lasts--this was the third time these have been torn down) and the other half feels really bad for the residents. Where will they go? Where will they live?