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Entrevías: postcards from Madrid’s poorest neighborhood

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New data shows that residents of this southern district earn an annual average of €17,476, the lowest income of the 54 zip codes in the Spanish capital

  • A woman walks by San Carlos Borromeo parish church, known for the activism of its priests in defense of the marginalized.
    1A woman walks by San Carlos Borromeo parish church, known for the activism of its priests in defense of the marginalized. EL PAÍS
  • A storefront in Entrevías. New data has highlighted the income inequality in Madrid, where there is a large gap between the north and the south. Incomes in Entrevías, in the south of the city, are almost four times lower than those of the Salamanca district.
    2A storefront in Entrevías. New data has highlighted the income inequality in Madrid, where there is a large gap between the north and the south. Incomes in Entrevías, in the south of the city, are almost four times lower than those of the Salamanca district.
  • José “Curro” Bastante, 58, who is unemployed, poses with Antonio Manzano, 42. Bastante (l) says he supports his three underage children with his unemployment benefit of €430.
    3José “Curro” Bastante, 58, who is unemployed, poses with Antonio Manzano, 42. Bastante (l) says he supports his three underage children with his unemployment benefit of €430.
  • A residential building in Entrevías, which was a magnet for migrants from other parts of Spain in the 1950s.
    4A residential building in Entrevías, which was a magnet for migrants from other parts of Spain in the 1950s.
  • In Entrevías, it is common to see migrants and Spaniards form couples. Spaniard Borja Cayuela, 28, his Ecuadorian girlfriend Estefany Pinto, 30, and her mother, Olga Morocho, 55, pose for a photo.
    5In Entrevías, it is common to see migrants and Spaniards form couples. Spaniard Borja Cayuela, 28, his Ecuadorian girlfriend Estefany Pinto, 30, and her mother, Olga Morocho, 55, pose for a photo.
  • A woman walks past storefronts. In the Entrevías and San Diego neighborhoods, there are more than 4,000 recipients of the Minimum Insertion Income, a public subsidy for Spain’s poorest citizens.
    6A woman walks past storefronts. In the Entrevías and San Diego neighborhoods, there are more than 4,000 recipients of the Minimum Insertion Income, a public subsidy for Spain’s poorest citizens.
  • Antonio José Castaño “Toñín,” 49, who runs the bar El Rincón de Toñín in Entrevías. “Toñín” recalls that a little over two years ago, Queen Letizia of Spain dropped by to say hello after visiting a nearby non-profit.
    7Antonio José Castaño “Toñín,” 49, who runs the bar El Rincón de Toñín in Entrevías. “Toñín” recalls that a little over two years ago, Queen Letizia of Spain dropped by to say hello after visiting a nearby non-profit.
  • An ad for an apartment on sale. At the height of the property boom, when it seemed that Entrevías might gentrify, some people bought three-bedroom apartments for €300,000. These days, they are worth a third of that, says Pilar López, who owns the real estate agency Entrefincas.
    8An ad for an apartment on sale. At the height of the property boom, when it seemed that Entrevías might gentrify, some people bought three-bedroom apartments for €300,000. These days, they are worth a third of that, says Pilar López, who owns the real estate agency Entrefincas.
  • Angie López, 19, from Ecuador, runs the family store La Sazón Guayaca, which is one of the newer stores opened by immigrants in Entrevías. Immigrants make up 20% of the neighborhood.
    9Angie López, 19, from Ecuador, runs the family store La Sazón Guayaca, which is one of the newer stores opened by immigrants in Entrevías. Immigrants make up 20% of the neighborhood.
  • A barbershop in Entrevías. Many residents say they have not noticed any economic recovery, not even after a leftist mayor, Manuela Carmena, took office in 2015 with widespread support from voters in Entrevías and San Diego.
    10A barbershop in Entrevías. Many residents say they have not noticed any economic recovery, not even after a leftist mayor, Manuela Carmena, took office in 2015 with widespread support from voters in Entrevías and San Diego.
  • A plaque designating a subsidized housing project built during the Franco regime.
    11A plaque designating a subsidized housing project built during the Franco regime.
  • María José Simón, 54, is a cook for a preschool. Like many in the neighborhood, she complains that many have an exaggerated perception of the community's problems.
    12María José Simón, 54, is a cook for a preschool. Like many in the neighborhood, she complains that many have an exaggerated perception of the community's problems.
  • A train entering Entrevías station. Residents say that one of the upsides of living here is that rent is relatively cheap yet they are a short distance away from downtown Madrid thanks to the rail link.
    13A train entering Entrevías station. Residents say that one of the upsides of living here is that rent is relatively cheap yet they are a short distance away from downtown Madrid thanks to the rail link.
  • Taxi driver Juan Pedro Nieto, 42, says that many of his friends have moved away. “They have gone to Vallecas or the suburbs. There are only two of us left here from our group of friends.”
    14Taxi driver Juan Pedro Nieto, 42, says that many of his friends have moved away. “They have gone to Vallecas or the suburbs. There are only two of us left here from our group of friends.”
  • A patron of the Rincón de Toñín bar looks out the door. “Here there almost more bars than people,” jokes the owner.
    15A patron of the Rincón de Toñín bar looks out the door. “Here there almost more bars than people,” jokes the owner.
  • Maruja Gómez Uribe, 48, from Ecuador, and Sergio González Blanco, 43, from Madrid, run the Dos Ángeles bar. They sell CDs for €3 and Alhambra beer for €1.
    16Maruja Gómez Uribe, 48, from Ecuador, and Sergio González Blanco, 43, from Madrid, run the Dos Ángeles bar. They sell CDs for €3 and Alhambra beer for €1.
  • Pilar López, 58, has been running a small real estate agency called Entrefincas for 18 years.
    17Pilar López, 58, has been running a small real estate agency called Entrefincas for 18 years.
  • Vallecas district councilor Francisco Pérez says they are trying to alleviate the consequences of an economic model that accentuates inequality. He quotes a report by the non-profit Oxfam Intermón: “The crisis has favored the wealthy four times more than the poor, and inequality among the various territories has also increased.”
    18Vallecas district councilor Francisco Pérez says they are trying to alleviate the consequences of an economic model that accentuates inequality. He quotes a report by the non-profit Oxfam Intermón: “The crisis has favored the wealthy four times more than the poor, and inequality among the various territories has also increased.”