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Expo 45: Buenos Aires

— Buenos Aires


European cities battered by the economic crisis can look to Buenos Aires for inspiration. Since the country’s collapse in 1999, the Argentine capital has kept its joie de vivre, and turned formerly run-down areas into cultural hotspots.

Buenos Aires, Casablanca, Kagoshima, Rome, Seoul

Buenos Aires is the Athens of Latin America. I’m not talking about Mycenaean-style houses, the weather or topless women sunbathing on the golden sands of a rich Athens suburb. Buenos Aires is chicer and more blasé than that. But just like Greece’s capital, Buenos Aires knows what it’s like to see your economy collapse. At the close of the 20th century it witnessed one of the worst economic crises in its history and, curiously, it has been a cultural and social hotspot ever since.

Buenos Aires, which means “good air” in Spanish, is the most European…


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