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Spain’s unfinished cities are cautionary tale

Ciudad Valdeluz was envisioned as a bustling Madrid suburb of 30,000 residents. Today, fewer than 3,000 people live there. (RinzeWind/wikimedia commons/cc)

Uninhabited “ghost cities” are not limited to China. Kate Abbey-Lambertz reports for the Huffington Post that Spain has its share of half-finished communities left abandoned after a nationwide housing bubble burst.

An estimated 3 million homes in Spain were vacant as of 2014, the article says.

The City That Never Was, a new book by Christopher Marcinkoski, highlights the “speculative urbanization” that resulted in misguided development. Marcinkoski blames projects driven by greed rather than housing needs and financial realities.

Ciudad Valdeluz was envisioned as a bustling suburb with rail links to Madrid, not far away. The satellite community was supposed to accommodate 30,000 residents. Today, fewer than 3,000 people live in the isolated enclave, where many promised services failed to materialize. Ensanche de Vallecas, another incomplete development near Madrid, feels equally empty.

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Huffington Post

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