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La Palmera

By Mariano Melamed
For the Herald
Recently the real estate development “La Palmera,” next to the Olivos Port, crowned a remarkable case of gentrification in that corner next to the river. The place has always been a solitary spot, only visited by the members of the Yacht Club Olivos, Coast Guard officers and the weekenders that went fishing or wanted to eat a bife de chorizo at La Nelly, a classic parrilla that has been there for near half a century. During weekdays, the place seemed empty, only occupied by the ghosts of big rusted cranes and sand deposits that used to be busy until the 1960s. In the last 10 years the place has turned into something quite similar to Miami: luxury buildings with amenities and spectacular views of the river, corporate properties and more shops featuring hip brands, cafés and caterers. But luxury is not an easy-going subject to deal with among old neighbours, who started complaining about the increase in residence taxes, lack of decent infrastructure which seems insufficient for a whole new demanding population (resulting in more garbage, lack of water pressure and energy blackouts) and therefore more exposed to the most feared of calamities: the flood that invades everything after a Sudestada (a strong wind and rain storm from the south-east).
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