As police go on strike in Argentina’s second largest city, Cordoba, the people have gone on a huge shopping spree, emptying every supermarket in the city. Despite there being massive unemployment and poverty across the city, the media and government have claimed the the shopping spree has nothing to do with being poor, and everything to do with ‘common criminality’.
The widespread emptying of supermarkets in Cordoba comes just twelve months after similar actions spread across the whole of Argentina.
I have no interest in the police strike as such, but the background is that the governor of Cordoba, Jose Manuel De La Sota, had offered the police a 52% pay rise (plus bonuses) which they rejected, despite being the best salary in the country. He claims that the police strike is a direct result of his decision to close 140 brothels in the city which had provided a steady income stream to a large number of corrupt officers.
The supermarket sweep appears to be a pre-planned event that had been organised following the police announcing their strike. It highlights how unstable the slum towns that surround Cordoba can be. People are living in extreme poverty, and with inflation currently at 20%, people are struggling to buy the most basic of commodities.
Thursday, December 5 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
McDonald’s at 15 W. North Avenue (between Charles & Maryland), Baltimore
Low wage workers, unemployed, and their supporters — community, civil rights and union activists — will hold an action in support of the national Fast Food Workers Strike.
Le Corbusier, Villa de Mandrot, (1931)
Built into a hillside overlooking the ocean near Toulon, the Villa Mandrot is often cited as a turning point in Le Corbusier’s style.
The framing of the natural to intensify it’s experience was Le Corbusier’s goal. As he described it: “The site offers the striking spectacle of a vast, unfolding landscape and the unexpected nature of this has been kept by walling in the principle rooms to the view and by only having one door that opens onto the veranda, from which the sudden view of the vista is like an explosion.”
Apartment Building, Hültzstrasse, Cologne-Braunsfeld, 1951
Zvi Hecker, Ramot Housing, Jerusalem, 1975 - 1985 (present state)