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.