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Economic chaos infiltrating Venezuela’s ‘socialist cities’ built by Chavez for the poor

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Economic chaos infiltrating Venezuela’s ‘socialist cities’ built by Chavez for the poor

A flagship of the socialist revolution founded by its namesake, the late president, Chavez City is a happy place, boasting free clinics, schools, sports centers, community gardens, an and a school supplies dispensary, all of them plastered with renderings of Chavez in his signature red beret.

 

But in a sign of how profoundly Chavez’s revolution is struggling, the tranquil days in this worker’s paradise may be numbered. Venezuela can’t find the dollars to pay for vitally needed goods languishing in its ports, much less afford the largesse that funded Chavez City and other marquee projects that dramatically improved life for Venezuelans once trapped in isolated slums.

 

For now, residents still go about their daily routines with sleepy smiles, enjoying not only free housing, but other perks ranging from state-organized block parties to subsidized taxi rides.

 

“This must be one of the most beautiful cities in the whole world,” said Dallana Alvarado, who works in the schools here and sometimes goes months between visits to the outside world.

 

, Venezuela (AP) –  Drive down a road lined with trash fires, past an improvised slum where sewage runs between shacks and through an army checkpoint, and you’ll reach a startling destination: a gleaming, self-contained community about as clean and orderly as a U.S. suburb.

 


Drive down a road lined with trash fires, past an improvised slum where sewage runs between shacks and through an army checkpoint, and you’ll reach a startling destination: a gleaming, self-contained community about as clean and orderly as a U.S. suburb.

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