Why the Return of New York City Squatters is a Good Thing

In this video for RT America, native New Yorker Lori Harfenist a.k.a The Resident gives a brief history on the policy and process that led to the squatters of the 80s and 90s to dissipate, the steps that led to their recent return, as well as her opinion on why this is actually a good thing for the City.

In the 80s and 90s, squatters were a big part of the New York City scene, a subculture devoted to living in abandoned buildings and saying no to the Man's plan for them. Between Giuliani and Bloomberg, the squatters were all moved out. But guess what? the sham of prosperity is falling apart, and the squatters are moving back in.

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's with his partner and son. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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