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April 2004 Issue

Tango Nuevo
A restored riverfront area attracts all social classes in Argentina's capital.
By Jimena Martignoni and Alan Gray, ASLA

Tango Nuevo Facundo Do Zuviria

Last year, the first phase of an ambitious 96-acre urban green system was completed along the Costanera Sur, a historic riverfront promenade and bathing area on the Río de la Plata in Buenos Aires. This park represents an important reconnection of part of the Argentine capital with its waterfront and the creation of a public space that is much needed, especially by Buenos Aires's less-affluent citizens.

What makes this investment in public works all the more remarkable is that it is being implemented in an uncertain economy. Between 2000 and 2002, Argentina, once the most prosperous country in Latin America, saw the peso lose 75 percent of its value as a result of government corruption and international debt. The construction of the 21-acre Micaela Bastidas Park, the first of the new parks, was nevertheless seen through to completion.

 

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