HABITACÇÃO

We often hear that Lisbon is becoming cool and trendy for tourists. The counter-effect is that many locals can no longer find accommodation and are sometimes evicted from their homes. The people of Lisbon are multiplying protests to say stop. With salaries at 600 €, rents in the city centre become unaffordable and bcp are forced to move to the outskirts. Portugal's economic upturn benefits only some. Soon (and already in some neighbourhoods), tourists discover a city emptied of its inhabitants. As in Barcelona or Berlin, AirbnB platforms are being pointed at and gentrification is having a devastating effect on the locals. This is the B-side of the "Portuguese miracle" and is often what people want to avoid seeing. On Sunday 29 September, associations for decent housing and against evictions occupied the Avenue de la Liberdade in the city centre.