Last updateFri, 27 May 2016 1pm

No more gated communities, state legislator demands

Augusto Valencia said the net result of the tendency to build more and more gated communities throughout the state is “discrimination, insecurity and the false hope that one is living a better life.”

The idea is bound to generate plenty of opposition and controversy, given that an estimated half a million people in the Guadalajara metropolitan area reside in gated, or closed, communities.  

According to Valencia, gated communities take up 78 square kilometers of a city that covers 680 square kilometers.   A key part of the proposal, he said, is that gated communities should not “block” the free flow of traffic.  

Valencia also wants developers to honor regulations that say a certain proportion of land used for cotos should be “donated” to municipal governments for public recreation.

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