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Living in Wonderland: Urban development and placemaking by David Twohig

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CASE STUDY: The Urban Village – Palermo, Buenos Aires

A diverse population is key to the success of one of South America’s most vibrant neighbourhoods.

Palermo is the name of a barrio or neighbourhood in the north-east of the Argentine capital Buenos Aires. Historically it was a residential district popular with Spanish and Italians, and this is reflected in the diverse range of local restaurants, churches, schools and cultural offerings. Like so many of today’s progressive and popular districts around the world, it is the diversity of people that enriches the area.

In the decade since Argentina’s economic collapse, Palermo has emerged as the newly hip area for fashion, design, restaurants and street culture. The streets and pavements are home ...

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