The Most Livable Cities in Latin America: #1 Buenos Aires

Patrick Archer ba government, buenos aires events, competitiveness, culture, global rankings, hotels & casinos, lifestyle, tourism

The Economist Intelligence Unit¬†(EIU) is out with their annual ranking of the world’s most livable cities and Buenos Aires is the number one metro in Latin America in terms of quality living conditions. Buenos Aires’ score of 86.3 places it atop all other major Latin American metros. According to EIU, metros with scores between 80-100 are considered top tier cities …

On Land & Sea, Uruguay Maps Out Major Oil & Gas Exploration

Patrick Archer agribusiness, foreign investment, uruguay

Devoid of political opposition and environmental hurdles, forward-thinking Uruguay is taking a page out of neighboring Brazil’s energy independence playbook and getting serious about oil and gas exploration. ANCAP, the state-owned petroleum company, anticipates US$1.5 billion of new investments in Uruguay land and sea exploration flowing from ten of the world’s largest oil companies in the coming years. Raul Sendic, …

Punta del Este Property Owners Encouraged to Be Flexible With Rentals

Patrick Archer aruba, real estate, tourism, uruguay

Property owners in Punta del Este and surrounding Maldonado beaches have grown accustomed to raising their rates every year for summer vacation rentals, but the currency situation in Argentina has prompted one industry group to lobby in favor of flexibility for the coming year. The Maldonado Real Estate Chamber is encouraging local property owners to consider lowering their rental rates …

Bicing: Triple-Digit Surge in Demand for BA’s Free Bike Service

Patrick Archer ba government, competitiveness, lifestyle

When the City of Buenos Aires originally launched the free bicycle rental program, Mejor en Bici, in 2010, few could have envisioned the surge in demand. In fact, many observers and commenters voiced skepticism saying such a program works well in a metro like Barcelona, Hangzhou or Paris but would never catch on in car-centric, often congested BA. Fast forward …

Buenos Aires New Construction Permit Requests Stabilize

Patrick Archer aruba, real estate

Buenos Aires real estate market activity showed signs of stabilizing in July, as new construction permit requests moderated following five straight months of double-digit declines. While the total number of permits submitted to the City of Buenos Aires fell 9% compared to July 2011, the total number of square meters contained in those requests actually rose 4%. iEco’s Natalia Muscatelli …