A Man Died While Building A 45-Story Building. What’s There Now Is Heartbreaking Yet Amazing.

70% of the city’s population lives in slums.

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This is the Torre David, a 45-story unfinished office tower in the middle of the city. During construction, the developer died. Then the economy crashed. It has been unfinished ever since.

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It’s considered the world’s largest vertical slum. It is a 45-story walk up, and there are no elevators. Seniors and the disabled live on the lower floors, and the young and healthy near the top.

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The air inside the building can become extremely hot and stuffy, so the inhabitants had to find a way to create airflow. They created crude holes in the wall to help circulate air, but they serve a dual purpose as a secondary path through the building.

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Families attempt to make their living spaces feel more like an apartment. Some decorate the walls with newspaper, others use paint. It all depends on what cheap materials are available.

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The people living in the slums make the best of their situation.

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On each floor of Torre David, there are shops, services and micro-economies.

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Slum life is an entirely different style of living. The inhabitants here all have functions and symbiotic relationships with other “tenants.”

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