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Napoli: Housing

Our research did not identify in Naples examples of interventions to defend the right to housing to the same extent. The exception is the few housing squats, which however do not put the problematic of common goods in their public argumentation.

Interestingly, the case of Vele di Scampia, a huge iconic social housing complex which had effectively fallen under the control of the Neapolitan mafia, is a case in point.

The De Magistris administration intervened in support of the residents' struggle for effective self-government of the complex by demolishing the most run-down part of the complex (which had become the largest drug market in Europe according to residents' statements) and restoring the infrastructure and public space. The complex was thus transformed into an example of the management of collective housing as a common good.

Napoli Housing
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