Inês de Medeiros: "Almada has this privilege of having social neighborhoods in absolutely wonderful spaces with an enviable view"

“What privilege is this? Homes without conditions, and 8.000 people without a home. This is the housing policy in Almada ”, the Chão das Lutas association reacted to the mayor's statements about the yellow neighborhood in Monte da Caparica. Joana Mortágua criticizes statements made by the mayor to justify the “approval of a five-star hotel in Porto Brandão”.

Inês de Medeiros

The mayor of the city of Almada, district of Setúbal, described a social neighborhood in this area as having an “enviable view” of the Tagus river.

"I must say that Almada has this privilege of having social neighborhoods in absolutely wonderful spaces with an enviable view", began by saying Inês de Medeiros, elected by the PS, in a council meeting.

“Any social neighborhood on the north bank is jealous. I myself would live tomorrow for the yellow neighborhood with that wonderful view ”, said the mayor in a video of the meeting.

Inês de Medeiros referred to a social neighborhood located in Monte da Caparica and which is also informally known as the yellow neighborhood due to the color of its buildings, or by the Picapau Amarelo neighborhood, inspired by the Brazilian series of the 70s, the Sítio do Picapau Yellow.

In her speech, the mayor also praises that in Almada “there is no ghettoization system [ghetto formation]” for “merit of all management” in the city, and that the city council is launching new projects together with the Housing Institute and Urban Rehabilitation (IHRU) “in the sense of further reducing ghettoization, which we know to be harmful”.

The council meeting debated at that time the possibility of building city council neighborhoods in the Lazareto Novo area, in Porto Brandão, an old asylum dating from the end of the XNUMXth century that served as a quarantine place for travelers who wanted to enter Lisbon and who were suspects of some contagious disease.

“Lazareto is currently private. Even if the municipality had many projects, it would not have the means to take Lazareto, to build social housing, ”said the mayor.

The video was initially shared by Chão das lutas - Association for the right to housing on social networks. “The Mayor of Almada, Inês de Medeiros, thinks that those who live in municipal housing in the city are privileged because they have a great view. He even says that he would move to the yellow neighborhood tomorrow, ”according to the publication.

“What privilege is this? Homes without conditions, and 8.000 people without a home. This is the housing policy in Almada ”, according to the association.

The video was later shared by the deputy of the Bloco de Esquerda, Joana Mortágua, on social networks.

“The Mayor of Almada thinks that the residents of social neighborhoods are privileged by the“ vista-rio ”and even says that she didn't mind moving to Bairro Amarelo. This while justifying the approval of a five star hotel in Porto Brandão. Any comment is redundant ”, wrote the blockade deputy.

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