Torre de David, the 45-story skyscraper-turned vertical city for squatters. The tower’s inhabitants, despite their derelict dwelling spaces, have built a strong and vibrant community in the incomplete shell of South America’s eight tallest tower. The tower was originally part of an urban renewal plan to privatize and modernize the center of Caracas’s business district with a gigantic glass skyscraper meant to symbolize Venezuela’s arrival at the global economic stage. But a series of socioeconomic mishaps, including the crash of the collapse of the national banks, put an end to the project.
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