Urban Alternatives is launched by a collaboration of different actors which are united in their efforts to create a more democratic, just and sustainable world. This map seeks to highlight initiatives that work towards this goal. Proposal for initiatives not listed yet can be made directly on the website. This process is open to new collaborations.


Casa Meteca

Inclusive Housing & Public Space

Casa Meteca is a project to create a participative hostel for paying and non-paying travellers, that becomes a place of solidary cohabitation outside the processes of tourist gentrification. This initiative provides an alternative to the neoliberal model and the gentrification processes taking place in Marseille, both for local residents and migrants seeking refuge.

Marseille has recently been the object of real estate speculation, sometimes even promoted by the local government. This has especially hit the old center of the City and has had a significant effect on the low- and middle-income residents in the area.

At the same time, Marseille has been both a transit point and a destination for many travelers and people migrating into Europe. These people are usually highly vulnerable and are the first victims of gentrification processes like the one taking place in Marseille.

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