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Preservation In Buenos Aires

June 2024
1min read

During my trip to the United States in 1998,1 got to know your great magazine, and some months later, back in my country, Argentina, I subscribed. I share it with a friend of mine, and reading your articles, we find ourselves involved in a history that is not ours but is exciting anyway.

In the story on the Tenement Museum in the April issue, we were struck by how very similar the history of immigration in Argentina is. We have, near Buenos Aires Harbor, hundreds of tenements like those on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, and they’re well preserved. Bohemians and artists are now buying them and living there, but luckily a local organization has set out conditions that will apply to anyone who wants to make changes to these buildings; it’s like a building code for historic preservation. The place, called La Boca, is in walking distance of downtown Buenos Aires.

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