Jesse Walker Reviews Torre David: Informal Vertical Communities


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Jesse Walker reviews Torre David: Informal Vertical Communities, a book about a never-completed skyscraper in Venezuela. After a banking crisis crippled the nation's economy, the government got title to the tower and let it stagnate. Then squatters took over and transformed it. The result, writes Walker, was a complex and fascinating place: not just a symbol of poverty, but a symbol of the self-organized activity that offers a way out of poverty.