There are about twenty neighborhood protests that resist private buildings. Photo: Maximiliano Luna.
The rejection of the loss of green spaces became one of the central issues on the political agenda of the City of Buenos Aires, starting from the complaints from neighborhood organizations to the projects of the larretista management to build towers on the Costanera Norte and Sur that facilitate the “advance of real estate speculation that does not find more free land” in the district.
According to Tlam, a twenty neighborhood protests that resist private buildings in height above the public space and question the government of Horacio Rodrguez Larreta for the lack of environmental measures that prevent the City from complying with the recommendation of the World Health Organization of about 10 square meters of green area per inhabitant.
The rejection of the loss of green spaces became one of the central issues on the political agenda of the City of Buenos Aires. Photo: Pepe Mateos.
Projects by neighborhood
One of the witness cases occurs on five railway beaches in the neighborhoods of Colegiales, Caballito, Palermo, Liniers and Villa Urquiza, which add about 80 hectares, where there are urbanization projects that include tall buildings, to the detriment of green space.
On Schoolboys, on the land that extends for seven hectares, there are three works of nine-story and two-basement apartments in progress that were acquired by the companies Sancor Seguros and Emfisa for real estate development in an auction carried out by the Real Estate Administration Agency of the State (AABE) during the mandate of former President Mauricio Macri.
The excavation work began a few weeks ago in five of the nine plots in which the property was divided, for which the neighbors held several protests in the place to ask the government to not advance with the sale of the sectors that remain liberated. to transform the place into a public space.
“In Colegiales we need parks and squares because the beach is already surrounded by buildings,” he said. Adriana Fernndez, a neighbor of the neighborhood.
“The landslide of these lands causes us to lose quality of life because it increases the waterproofing of the soil and increases environmental pollution”“
Osvaldo Guerrica Echevarra
They question the government of Horacio Rodrguez Larreta for the lack of environmental measures that prevent the City from complying with the WHO recommendation of about 10 square meters of green area per inhabitant. Photo: Ral Ferrari.
In dialogue with Tlam, Osvaldo Guerrica Echevarra, from the Friends of Palermo Lake Association and member of Tierras Ferroviarias VerdesHe said that they presented in the Legislature a bill to repeal the laws that allow construction in the five parcels bordering the affected train stations and that they be rezoned as park urbanization areas.
“They sell green spaces because real estate speculation does not find more land in the City,” he said, and considered that the landslide “causes us to lose quality of life because it increases the waterproofing of the soil and increases environmental pollution.”
The rejection of the towers, meanwhile, is also observed in neighborhoods such as Chacabuco Park, where, by means of a judicial protection, the work in the Assembly and Pumacahua blocks was stopped, to raise buildings that were going to reach 21 stories in height. However, they estimate that the undertaking could be resumed but with structures that do not exceed 15 meters to avoid “changing the appearance of the place of low houses,” they pointed out.
On The Paternal, the neighbors are on alert before the start of the soil preparation works to raise eleven towers of different heights on the property located in the Parque La Isla; Meanwhile he Villa Ortzar conducted a survey that shows that there are 81 properties for sale, mostly low-rise houses, and some 56 works under construction in progress.
Photo: Ramiro Gmez.
On San Telmo, the neighborhood claim aims to get the City Government to expropriate the property on the corner of Independencia and Bolvar, after the demolition of Casa Benoit, to transform the place into a public square.
“The San Telmo neighborhood particularly suffers from the lack of green spaces. In more than 120 blocks, there are only two small squares,” residents said in a statement.
“It is very sad and very unfair. We are the only neighborhood without a square”“
Guillermina, from the neighborhood group
A similar situation goes through the inhabitants of the neighborhood Villa Santa Rita, the the only one in the City of Buenos Aires that does not have a.
There, the residents took a project to the authorities of Commune 11 to declare “of public utility and subject to expropriation” a land of about 1640 square meters, which is one of the few without buildings that are available in the neighborhood.
“We do not have any news from the Commune. It is very sad and very unfair that so many doors can be opened to approve the creation of the Wine District in the area and we are not given an answer to a project that has to do with the common good, public health and justice, because we are the only neighborhood without a square, “Guillermina, from the neighborhood group, told Tlam.
At Olympic Quarter, built for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in the south of the City, the residents ask that a series of lots that surround the buildings remain as green spaces and public access, on which the Government’s decision to carry auction them.
Photo: Julin lvarez.