A Private, Crime-Free City In Guatemala
Developers are building a nearly independent city for the wealthy with access through a single gate and streets patrolled by armed guards.
- 15 january 2013
Developers are building a private city 7 miles from the center of Guatemala’s capital that promises to be crime-free. It is surrounded by walls and the price to live there excludes anyone but the wealthy.
There is a large cast-iron gate into the city where cars drive underground to park and private armed security guards patrol the development on Segway powered scooters. Will the new city help or hurt Guatemala City development? The Huffington Post writes:
At its heart is the 34-acre (14-hectare) Paseo Cayala, with apartments, parks, high-end boutiques, church, nightclubs, and restaurants, all within a ring of white stucco walls. The builders of Paseo Cayala say it is a livable, walkable development that offers housing for Guatemalans of a variety of incomes, though so far the cheapest apartments cost about 70 times the average Guatemalan’s yearly wage.
Cayala’s backers promote it as a safe haven but others say it segregates the wealthy from the poor and leaves Guatemala City to struggle with poverty and high levels of crime.