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Notes on the Geography of Uruguay: Montevideo: Pocitos to Carrasco: Photo 2

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Here, about half a mile west of Mercosur, is the oddly named Rome, Portofino and Nervi Building, from 1954. It may be ugly but it's significant as one of the first buildings to take advantage of a 1949 law allowing Uruguay's so-called "horizontal property regime." The architect was the very busy and successful Walter Pintos Risso, the first architect to take advantage of the law.

Was the law a good idea? The Guía Arquitectónica Y Urbanística de Montevideo, published by the municipality, suggests otherwise. The law "aimed at increasing access to property but in reality increased real estate speculation and radical typological substitution in the central area and the nearby coastal area (Centro and Pocitos)" (p. 18).

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