Yet Another Gated Community Entrance

Yet Another Gated Community Entrance by Rudy Giron

Here are some of the answers to the questions asked on the previous posts regarding gated communities.

Occupy Antigua Guatemala? Definitely not since most land around Antigua Guatemala is among the most expensive land in Guatemala. Any occupy movement would get kicked out right away by owners, private guards and police to say the least.

How is the land secured for these developments in La Antigua? Most real estate developments take chunks away from land from fincas (coffee plantations) and in same cases large land lots within urban areas that were inherited.

Does the gate help, or hurt, the security of the residents? I believe both. The houses when vacant can become easy targets by acquaintances of the guards; well is not unheard of. On the other hand, it is so much quieter and cleaner to live inside gated communities especially if rules of cleanliness are enforced or your lucky to have decent neighbors. But, life inside a gated community is missing a big part of living in Guatemala; somehow with noise, the parties, the tiendas, the parks, et cetera, the amicable unrequested smile and the spark for lack of a better term also goes away.

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  • From what I understand there are new rules in the construction of gated communities that obligate the developers to pay for all the civil infrastructure whereas in the past the city of Antigua would assume the costs. What I am being told as a result is that there will be fewer developments in the future given the cost to convert a Milpa is not as cost effective as it has been in the past.Personally I see this as a promising development.My personal wish for Antigua is a Green belt and maintenance of the surrounding agricultural land.The municipality has been taking more and more steps as time passes to ensure this.Let’s hope that it will not be too little too late.