Very few Portuguese citizens are able to find decent, affordable housing. Most live in terrible conditions surrounded by cement. Despite all the recommendations of making urban centres more environmentally friendly to habitants, Portugal only builds those horrendous cement constructions without any thought to quality and quality of life. Shame shame shame!
All our urban green spaces are disappearing, making way to new houses and apartment blocks, new high-end developments for wealthy buyers and investors, some of them sitting empty for most of the year, hidden behind gates and walls. Property prices rising every year, local people being forced to move to the outskirts and villages - the authentic, vibrant Portuguese way of life going with them.