The unfinished corporate skyscraper has been a squat for thousands of locals since 2007.
Originally built as the Confinanzas Financial Center, the Caracas skyscraper now known as the "Tower of David" (named after its original developer, David Brillembourg) has sat unfinished since 1994.
A real estate victim of a national banking crisis, the 45-story structure sat idle (28 floors are inhabitable) before eventually becoming a home for thousands ofsquatters.
Since 2007, an estimated 3,000 Caraqueños live inside, shelling out a $32 monthly condo fee of sorts, which helps pay for security. The building has a violent reputation but residents tell Reuters that new leadership has kicked out most of the troublemakers. Occupants who violate the building's rules are given service duties as determined by a co-operative.
Many inside the Tower of David relocated from other, far more dangerous slums around the city. One woman who moved into the nearly 25-year old glass tower tells Reuters, "there is far more order and far less crime in here than out there."
Earlier this year, Reuters photographer Jorge Silva explored one of the world's most unique slums, getting an incredible, up-close look at how residents inside the unfinished skyscraper live their daily lives. citylab
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