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Urbanization of the Altiplano
  Urbanization of the Altiplano, 1996
On a warm February day Alvaro walks the land where he will one day construct a home, celebrating Carnaval and blessing the lot by throwing streamers and sprinkling alcohol on the ground. On this day residents throughout the city decorate their homes with flags, confetti and such in recognition of this religious occasion. Although Alvaro and his family have only recently purchased this real estate, he, his wife and siblings regularly visit the property to plant crops and build adobes anticipating the construction of their future house. This location at the periphery of El Alto is an excellent example of the process of urbanization in action.
  ©1996
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