The ‘little urban experiences’ of Buenos Aires

Looking for a little ‘hands on’ inspiration for a cool town? Venture south of the equator to Argentina

Making the list of both Fast Company magazine’s 30 Fastest Cities to Work, Live and Play and Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Cities’ to Visit is quite a feat, so what is Buenos Aires attraction? Referred to as the Paris of the South, here’s a fitting local viewpoint:

“Buenos Aires is not a place for grand sights or world famous buildings**, it’s more about the little urban experiences such as stumbling across a passionate tango display in the street (watched with as much appreciation, if not more, by locals as tourists), catching the purple jacaranda blooms in November, enjoying the occasional graphics and murals, trying not to notice tongue-entwined lovers on a bench while strolling a landscaped park, shopping for high quality local goods at very low prices, eating out at one of BA’s sophisticated restaurants for the price you would pay for breakfast in Paris – and starting to party at 3 a.m.”

On the edgier, less-traveled, culturally-enriching side…

“La Boca’s (a neighborhood in ‘B.A.’) cobblestone streets and somewhat dilapidated yet brightly painted, multi colored tin buildings, serve as a haven for the many artists who use this area to display their excellent works. To spend a little time in the ‘Caminito’, the pedestrian area of La Boca, is a ‘must do’ and photo opportunities are a given here. Entertainment is constant and street performers are busy dancing the Tango, posing as mimes, or performing musical numbers on a variety of instruments.”

Finally, from an expat

“I find that this city doesn’t simply attract creative types; it spawns them. There are plenty of former workin’-for-the-man defectors from countries around the world who choose BA for its charm, vibrancy and low cost of living, and though they might be expecting to settle into a nice little quasi-retirement, what many are finding is that they are inspired to engage in creative pursuits of all kinds. Technology, talent and tolerance… BA has these, plus tango! It’s fascinating to see what expats are bringing to this equation–namely, capital, connections and confidence. It’s a creative soup that is simmering with surprising flavors.”

**This illustrates the point behind this rather graphic graphic’s lead title posted just previously.

  • eugenia villafañe

    I am a 26 years old architect from bs as, and I read you are in the looking for creative people down here in bs as. I would appreciate very much if I could send you pictures of the work I am doing these days on architecture, it may be of your search.
    Thank you very much,

    Eugenia Villafañe

  • Hello I would be interested on learning more about your plan for Bs As. I’m an artist and fashion designer. I work with recycled materials and combine my art with permaculture, doing instalations. I’m right now in Bs As. thanks,

  • Alex Sayre

    I am 24 years old and from Chapel hill, NC. I have a BS in Construction Technology from Appalachian State University which included many design classes including commercial/residential architecture, furniture design and product design. For the past two years I have been working as a superintendant for a custom builder in the area. I’m planning on moving to BS the summer of 2008. I am very interestedi n what you all do…..Thanks for oyur time.

  • Bridgit Van Belleghem

    Greetings! My name is Bridgit and I am currently in BsAs getting familiar with the city. I will be heading up North for the vacation season, but will be returning in March and hope to live and work here for awhile. I have a MS in Urban and Regional Planning and an interest in making healthy communities. I am very interested in your advertisements. Please advise me if their is opportunity to get involved somehow.

  • Eric Melle

    Buenos Dias. My name is Eric and I have my bachelor in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University, Boston, MA. I will be in BsAs until April 1st and am quite interested in your project. I have about 3 years professional experience and had previously worked exclusively in AutoCAD. Please let me know the details.

  • John Whitney

    Hi. My name is John. I’m originally from the emerald Isle of Ireland, currently working in California. I am 26 years old and I hope to move to Argentina in mid-late 2008. I have been in Construction for the past 10 years +/-, both building and designing. I came across your add on CL. Please get back to me with more details.

  • Juan Arango

    I am a 32-year-old freelancer living in CT and would like to consider moving back to Buenos Aires. I have worked in television and in other different types of media. Please get back to me with more details.

  • Thank you for this entry. I’ve been looking for feedback on Buenos Aires. It sounds great!