Forat de la Vergonya: A Community’s Struggle for the City

The article “Forat de la Vergonya” (Catalan for “The hole of Shame”) by Summer Academy participant Stefano Portelli at the blog The Cairo Observer describes the peaceful struggle of a neighbourhood in Barcelona between the Community and the City Council against gentrification. In the words of Portelli: “The ‘hole’ became an arena for urban struggle: the City Council wanted to turn it into a four-story subterranean parking lot, but the residents wanted to keep it public. The residents didn’t only ask for it, but actually built a public space, planted trees, sat around, organized parties and concerts in it. The square became alive.”

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