"There is tenderness only in the coarsest demand: that no-one shall go hungry any more" – Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia (1974: 156)
The squatters occupying the large residence at Places des Vosges have been ordered to leave. A Paris district court ruling yesterday gave them one week to vacate the premises. They have also been requested to pay compensation of 3,400 Euros for each month of the occupation. As it stand, the squatters have decided to stay and contest the verdict. More news to follow…
For further details on the case, the following articles have appeared in Le Monde and Libération. Jessica Read has just posted a Comment is Free piece on the Guardian website. As ever, the comments below the line voice a depressing predictability. I can only counter with the recent words of the geographer David Harvey writing in New Left Review:
“The question of what kind of city we want cannot be divorced from that of what kind of social ties, relationship to nature, lifestyles, technologies and aesthetic values we desire. The right to the city is far more than the individual liberty to access urban resources: it is a right to change ourselves by changing the city. It is, moreover, a common rather than an individual right since this transformation inevitably depends upon the exercise of a collective power to reshape the processes of urbanization. The freedom to make and remake our cities and ourselves is, I want to argue, one of the most precious yet most neglected of our human rights” (2008: 23; emphasis added).