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Spatial and Social Transformations in the refugee slum of Drapetsona, 1922-1940

Spatial and Social Transformations in the refugee slum of Drapetsona, 1922-1940


Eleni Kyramargiou (postdoctoral researcher, Institute of Mediterranean Studies, Crete)
Drapetsona is situated on the western coast of Piraeus and it was developed as a refugee settlement for newcomers from Asia Minor in the early 1920s. Its proximity to the port and the industrial plants created favorable conditions for the process of urbanization that rapidly transformed the surrounding area. The vast majority of the inhabitants lived in makeshift homes, shacks and hovels that did not follow any plan of organized settlement.