Case Studies

Población Lo Hermida, Peñalolén community. It was born by the end of the 1960s, initially established through an“Operación Sitio” (most precarious housing program to that date). It is considered an emblematic población (poor settlement) of the Chilean poblador movement and the resistance against Pinochet’s dictatorship. Comprising Unidades Vecinales (local units) No 17, 18, 19 and 31, its area is delimited by Grecia Avenue to the north, Los Presidentes to the south, Tobalaba to the east, and Américo Vespucio to the west. It has more than 60 thousands residents and more than 16 thousands housing units. Currently, it has a strong stigmatized image of conflictive and violent población. Read more

Población Yungay, La Granja community. Formally established in the 1980s, although it has a history of land squatters from the 1970s. Has been subject of multiple governmental interventions, with a special focus on security. Pertaining to Unidad Vecinal (local unit) No 15, its area is delimited by Sebastopol to the north, Yungay to the south, Marino and Coronel to the east, and La Catrina to the west. It has almost 14 thousands residents and suffers from high levels of overcrowding. Its reputation on the media shows the highest levels of fear and violence in Santiago. Read more

Población Santo Tomás, La Pintana community. Established by the end of the 1980s, in the last years of the military dictatorship, it is formed by 152 blocks that represent the overcrowding and low quality of the current social housing policy. Its area is delimited by Santo Tomás to the north, Anibal Hunneus and Pablo VI to the south, Salvador Sanfuentes to the east and Pio X to the west. With almost 13 thousands residents in almost 3 thousands housing units, it currently has a strong activity in its outdoor produce fairs. Its image in the media shows the place where the main criminal gangs of Santiago reside. Read more