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January 9, 2013

Walled and walkable: New private city under construction in Guatemala

  • Paseo Cayala will have apartments, parks, boutiques and nightclubs inside white stucco walls.
    Associated Press

    GUATEMALA CITY — The highway climbs toward the edge of Guatemala City, past deep ravines where the poorest residents of the capital live in thousands of cinderblock huts, roofed with plastic sheets and powered by black cables stealing electricity from nearby lampposts.

    Seven miles (11 kilometers) south of the historic center, the rutted, two-lane road comes to a set of towering white stucco walls and a pair of broad cast-iron gates that open onto apartment buildings and storefronts designed in Spanish colonial style.

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