Buenos Aires Is Pushing For The Privatization Of The Coast Of La Plata

2021-02-01   |   by CusiGO

Montevideo and Buenos Aires are located on the other side of the fertile La Plata river. The first is facing the river and the second is turning around. For nearly half a century, when Argentina’s capital banned bathing in its waters because of pollution, the city dumped thousands of tons of rubble into the river as filling material, and the river bed became more and more remote from residents. It’s hard to get to the edge without cars, but it’s more expensive: some roads have been closed since the outbreak of the coved-19 epidemic; other grilles are only open during the day, as long as it doesn’t rain; ports; some are licensed for private use, and those that have degenerated so little risk. The local government is preparing to sell coastal land to build a new community, but according to a public hearing that ended on Thursday, the move has met with strong opposition from the community. Opponents claim that the disputed 32 hectares of land will be allocated to a large public park with free access.

“A park without services and nightlife is not the best choice for the city, especially for a place far away from services. It’s only used for a short period of time during the day, “the Department of urban development responded, saying the project aims to change the landscape of the Costa Salguero and Ponta kalasco lands near Jorge Newbury metropolitan airport. Today, both have venues, a conference center for the covid-19 test, an outdoor parking lot, a golf driving range and vast open space. Franchises in both areas have expired and mayor Horacio Rodriguez laretta will not renew them. Instead, it proposes to change urban planning standards to allow the construction of buildings up to 29 meters in height, which will account for 26% of the gross floor area, according to the award-winning building competition.

“Buenos Aires clearly needs more green space. This is highlighted by the pandemic and the climate crisis, which is a great opportunity for us to build a large park by the river. We can’t waste it on the real estate business, “said Barbara Rossen of the public land conservation building group. The per capita green area of Buenos Aires is 6 square meters, far lower than the 10 square meters recommended by the World Health Organization. Its per capita green area is half that of Montevideo, less than 10.4 square meters per capita in Rosario, Argentina, which is also famous for the integration of the Parana River and urban planning.

A survey released a few weeks ago showed that six out of ten Puerto ricans opposed the sale of Costa Salguero’s land. The results of the public hearing, which ended last week, were more obvious: of the 2057 speakers, more than 97% opposed the formal draft. “The pro government (the party that has been in power in Buenos Aires since 2007, led by former president Mauricio Macri) has been divested from more than 470 hectares of public land. This time it’s a straw, because it’s the shoreline of the river. It’s about our identity: we’re a coastal city that can’t get into the river, “stressed Rosen, one of the prayers against re zoning. “Legislators claim that they will listen to citizens,” the architect warned.

The city government denied that the opposition was so large and hinted that the process had been manipulated. “There is a political color behind the people registered at the public hearing, which can be seen in the almost tagged content of the speech,” the Urban Development Secretariat replied. They have the right to vote for the final approval of the project.

The initiative is part of a large-scale project called “Youth Zone”, and since 2018 the Porto authorities have been working to revitalize the northern coastal area through a combination of public parks, leisure places and offices. It includes about eight kilometers of coastline along the laplata river.

“The youth district has a vision of a young consumerist, with food and non entertainment, and it’s hard to get into cars. Andres borthagaray, the architect, complains that “these measures run counter to what is being done in the world, such as filling parking lots in front of airports.”. Borthagaray also criticized the construction of another luxury community, a new port madro, in a city with a severe housing shortage, which is characterized by inequality in residential areas.

Opponents also opposed the project through judicial channels. The sale of Costa Salguero public land is restricted by a temporary ban. In their judgment, the judges recalled that the land “is part of the national territory, part of the coast of the La Plata River, and is specially protected by the most important rules of constitutional order and urban planning, which are Urban development, such as the code for urban environmental planning and urban planning. The final decision will depend on changes in the face of the city.