May 15 the ”board of expropriation” of Stockholm city municipality is, on behalf of the association Allt åt Alla (Omnia omnibus), heading towards one of Stockholm citys most segregated residential districts – Äppelviken. Under the parole ”densify among the wealthy” we inform the residents of Äppelviken, by mail and in the public spaces, about the ”board of expropriation”s decision to build rental apartments in the district. We hope that they will appreciate the opportunity to share their abundant loot!
The right-wing bourgeois alliance speaks warmly about ”mixed types of ownership on the housing market”, but, strangely enough, only when it comes to fooling away commonly owned real estate. Few voices have been raised in favour of mixing and integrate suburbs such as Äppelviken, wehre the annual middle income is 90 358,633 € for men between 20-64, and where half of the population owns an accomodation with five rooms or more. In the same manner the talk about densifying residential areas is always about areas that is already dense enough, where playgrounds for children and groves is at risk of being cleared away.
Therefore we present the urban planning project ”vision of Äppelviken 2030”, that in the name of the ”board of expropriation” of the citys municipality is claiming big parts of the are for conversion into public utility. Ofcourse this is a scam action, but the purpose is to put focus on the areas of the city where the wealth is concentrated and to highlight the class divisions of the city. And this truly terrifies the bourgeois.
A week of city struggles
The action is a part of Allt åt Allas (Omnia omnibus) annual week of city struggles, that this year lasts from May 12 to 18. The week of city struggles, that is coordinated in a number of swedish cities, contains a variety of talks, actions and other events and involves a variety of organizations. In Stockholm we initiated our week at a fancy shopping mall in the center of Stockholm, with a flashy banner drop from the 4th floor, champagne and a declaration in front of a suprised mass of consumers. The week will end with a two day forum on the subject of housing politics in Tensta, a Stockholm suburb, where hundreds of people will discuss and listen to talks about gentrification, transformation processes in the city and the class dynamics of the housing politics. With the week of city struggles we want to coordinate and put in relation all the different struggles that is going on in the city and that realizes the city as a space of class divisions and conflicts. By this we hope to nurture the idea of the city as a common ground that belongs to all. The city is ours!