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RODRIGUEZ, Norberto. LAY PEOPLE PARTICIPATION IN CITY BUILDUP. A closed neighborhood for Bariloche, Argentina. Rev. urug. Antropología y Etnografía [online]. 2017, vol.2, n.2, pp.85-96. ISSN 2393-7068.

This is an advance on a case where “lay people” participated during the buildup of city neighborhoods: participative processes during the 1990’s in Bariloche, Argentina. We describe the conflict between the inhabitants of a social neighborhood and the project of a new one right next to it, planned as a closed neighborhood. The search for a place to liv is linked not only to economic possibilities but also to the quality of life there. The fear of losing the neighborhood’s peculiarities in a natural environment considered as own, took a group of people with no expertise in urban affairs to fight for their public spaces and environmental quality inside a nature area attractive to tourism.

In the city where this case came up is not usual that syndicate or social neighborhoods are close to the lake shores and native woods, because these areas are very expensive and enjoy preferential treatment. Necessity to meddle in order to stop the urban advance not accepted by some groups (not experts in specific urban development, its typology, burocratic procedures or how the experts work on the subject) finally stopped the project. The legal permit for the investors trying to build up a closed neighborhood has being delayed for the last 35 years up to now.

Keywords : social participation; lay people; experts; public space; closed neighborhood.

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