Minha Casa Minha Vida made cities worse and fueled real estate speculation, says former government secretary Lula

Minha Casa Minha Vida made cities worse and fueled real estate speculation, says former government secretary Lula

For urban planner Ermínia Maricato, program made cities 'even more unfeasible', expelled poorer people to 'periphery of periphery' and facilitated crime action

Urban planner coordinated creation of the Ministry of Cities and left folder after the monthlyBBC BRAZILLargest housing program in the history of Brazil and one of the PT governments' shop windows, Minha Casa Minha Vida (MCMV) has made cities worse, aggravated the difficulties of access to housing among the poor and created neighborhoods especially vulnerable to organized crime.The assessment comes from Ermínia Maricato, one of the most experienced city planners in the country and executive secretary of the Ministry of Cities in the early years of the Lula administration, before the program was created in 2009."We had a huge movement of works, but it was the federal government that commanded and defined where they would be located, but the interests of real estate owners, developers and contractors," says Maricato, who has studied MCMV since its inception and is a retired professor at Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo (FAU-USP).In an int...


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