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What Squatting Can Teach Us About Wasted Space

In an era of extreme housing precariousness, a new book looks at the history of a radical alternative.
A squatter sits in an abandoned office building in the center of Sao Paulo.
A squatter sits in an abandoned office building in the center of Sao Paulo.Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

This post is part of a CityLab series on wastelands, and what we squander, discard, and fritter away.

There are all sorts of ways the Trump administration may exacerbate the affordable housing crisis in U.S. cities. Already, he’s brought on as secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development the distinctly unqualified Ben Carson, who appears ready and willing to slash funding for affordable housing, which could prove disastrous for some struggling to make rent. President Trump himself has begun to take apart federal financial reforms aimed at preventing the housing crisis that drove the country into recession—and all but rooted for that very collapse. On homelessness, he’s kept mum.