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Shanties have mushroomed on the rooftops of historic apartment buildings in Casablanca, as the Moroccan city's once-prestigious center crumbles below."They've squatted in public infrastructure, factories – and now they've moved on to the terraces," Andaloussi said.Building themselves shelter from corrugated iron, bits of wood and plastic bags, they have come to occupy what were once emblematic architectural spaces.French architect and urban planner Henri Prost presented his first plan for the Moroccan city in 1915 .The famed Wilaya, a former town hall, is an example of the mixed architecture typical of many administrative buildings under the French protectorate.Urban planner Mostafa Kheireddine explained that Casablanca's housing crisis stems from a booming population from successive migration flows to the city in the '60s, '70s and '80s.Wealthier Moroccans are increasingly buying apartments in the Art Deco buildings, as they become fashionable and the area gentrifies.
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