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Buenos Aires has one of the smallest rates of green space per capita, and what's left is under threat of commercial development. Neighbourhood groups are leading the fight to defend them, but with so many battles to wage, might the government's divide-and-conquer strategy be winning out?

Drew Reed reports on plans to demolish informal areas in the Argentine capital and replace them with mixed housing and green space projects, and the life of one man at the centre of the struggle against these plans.

While the government is providing new infrastructure for wealthy and middle-class commuters to enjoy their combi commutes in comfort, they are squeezing low-income commuters out of the city.

Drew Reed takes us on a walk through downtown Buenos Aires to see how the mayor Mauricio Macri's policy of formalising informal traders is being undermined by the free trade principles he normally espouses.

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