Man has always loved his buildings … but what happens when those buildings say ‘no more’?
I joined doorknocks in old rental apartment blocks to chat with residents, most working class, who had historically and currently suffered the most under Vancouver’s housing crisis. I heard stories of rising rents forcing people out of homes even though they were working two jobs, of inadequate living conditions and of long-term renters being evicted in “renovictions”.
The loss of true ‘public’ spaces deprives us of sites where we can form cross-class relationships and movements to combat the power of capital. Without them, the protectors of capital’s interests are more able to use the tools of divide-and-conquer to prevent any form of challenge to the prevailing status quo.