Buenos Aires Density

Some Buenos Aires urban planners say the city’s biggest problem is its lack of density.

What’s the biggest problem in Buenos Aires?  Population density…as in it’s not dense enough, according to some Buenos Aires city planners who want to see Capital Federal’s population double from 3 million to 6 million.

Plan To Double Buenos Aires Population is the headline of Franco Spinetta’s article in Diario Z which examines BA’s current population (basically 3 million for the past half century) and density (143 residents per square kilometer). City officials point to Paris (212 residents per m2) and ongoing efforts to boost density in Vancouver and Santiago as metro models to emulate.

According to city planners, BA is suffering from 20 years of elite suburbanization: the relocation of 300,000 highly productive residents to the northern suburbs. They say this explains the 30% growth in commuters who enter BA daily to reach offices and universities. Offsetting the decline in urban elites over the same period has been the growth in the number of low-income residents in BA villas.

In the process of losing younger residents and families to the ‘burbs, Spinetta says BA is simply getting older like many European metros. Other urban planning experts interviewed blame the City’s lack of policy to regulate the use of available lots during the latest real estate boom which produced a surfeit of mid-rise condos with one-room apartments destined for rent or pure speculation. (Full Story in Spanish)

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