Freaking fascinating: The Times did this article and attendant video piece on an uncompleted 45-story skyscraper in Caracas, Venezuela, that is filled with 2,500 squatters coping with that country's housing crisis. And these aren't 2,500 ne'er-do-well junkies -- these are family people, like the tie-wearing bank employee seen above.
The municipal government has turned a blind eye to the structure and the goings-on within, and the residents have organized admirably: While there's no doubt that life is rough, they have a building coordinator, a security team of doormen, jury-rigged electricity and hose-fed water, a basketball court, and even bodegas on every floor. They also have no windows, elevators, stairway handrails, and balcony guardrails, so that's one hell of a dangerous walk-up. Check it out: