Argentina: Ocho de Mayo informal settlement
Residents chat at the neighborhood's community center.
People from Ocho de Mayo point out with pride the progress made since the settlement was created in1998. From the beginning, there was a deliberate planning. The first settlers left space for a community center. Each new family was given a plot of land arranged along wide streets. Planners did not want narrow alleys between houses as in Brazilian favelas. A commission, with a delegate representing each block, made rules. Nearby settlements now use 8 de Mayo as a model.