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Monday, December 11, 2006

Argentines Flock to Gated Communities to Avoid Crime

From Reuters:  BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Reuters) - The new status symbol in Buenos Aires is not a luxury car or a Disneyland vacation. It's a clump of conspicuously unlocked bicycles in front of a house in a gated community.  Flaunting how safe your neighborhood is -- by refusing to lock the childrens' bikes, the car, or even the front door -- shows you have made it in greater Buenos Aires, home to 13 million and one of the world's 10 most populated urban areas.  Since 1994, an estimated 300,000 people have fled high-density, high-crime, high-priced Buenos Aires and its traditional suburbs near the city core, to live far on the outskirts in pastel houses along idyllic artificial lakes, with 24-hour security guards screening visitors at the perimeter fence.  Rest of article... [Mark Godsey]

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