The people of a small town in northern Argentina are about to move their town - for the third time in their history.
The people of a small town in northern Argentina are about to move their town - for the third time in their history. The latest project was first mooted 32 years ago, and is now nearing completion.
SYNOPSIS: The town, known as Federation City, lies near Argentina's border with Uruguay.
It was first moved from its original site last century when the famous Argentine General Belgrano recommended a change of site for military and political reasons. When the people moved, they took their wooden church with them.
At the beginning of this century, they had to move again - this time because they were processing wood coming down the Uruguay river from Brazil, and it was recommended they settle close to the river. Again, they moved the old wooden church. Now they are on the move again.
Timber is one of the major, local industries. But the essential rail and road links are 20 kilometres away from the site which was chosen after a plebescite. A big hydro-electric project will supply electricity to industry in Argentina and Uruguay. It will also provide irrigation, a fishing industry and a new road and rail bridge across the river.
The latest town, known as "Cuided de Federation" will be new -- mainly prefabricated. Residents will have to buy their houses at about 6,000 dollars U.S. Compensation for their old ones will work out at one quarter of this. But the people are not too happy.
One of their complaints is that the new town will not have a plaza. The architects say this is because the whole new city will be a garden in the style of an American suburban development. They also say that people who had small family businesses, such as a garage, will not be able to continue because of zoning regulations. These regulations will prevent work in their new houses.