This 45-Story Slum Could Finally Become a Finished Skyscraper

There is perhaps no unfinished skyscraper more infamous than Torre de David, a 45-story shell of a building that has informally housed about 5,000 Venezuelans since 2007. Now the property that has become known as the world's tallest slum is being acquired by Chinese investors, and this week, the government began… » 7/23/14 4:34pm Wednesday 4:34pm

A Fake Slum for Luxury Tourists Who Don't Want to See Real Poverty

It's estimated that one in eight people worldwide live in so-called slums, which, in some cities, makes visiting these informally maintained neighborhoods unavoidable. Although controversial, the practice of "slum tourism" has become a popular way for tourists to engage with poverty on a personal level. But why go… » 11/25/13 3:00pm 11/25/13 3:00pm

Make Way For the Olympics: The Paramilitary Clearance of Rio's Slums

They come bearing satellite TV. Brazil’s Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais, or BOPE, is an elite force of military police who often specialize in urban operations in Rio's slums—or favelas. As the World Cup and the Olympics approach, BOPE forces are appearing more and more often. And their techniques are… » 10/11/13 1:41pm 10/11/13 1:41pm

Rare Video From Inside a 45-Story Venezuelan Slum

Torre de David is a 45-story, partially-finished office tower that houses a vibrant community of squatters in Caracas. It’s also an internationally-known symbol of Venezuela’s economic troubles, to which the The New Yorker and The New York Times have both devoted long profiles. But there hasn’t been much video… » 8/02/13 5:18pm 8/02/13 5:18pm