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Chavez’s Utopian City

A woman feeds her baby as she sells ice cream outside her apartment in Ciudad Caribia outside Caracas.

Chavez’s Utopian City


Hovering over a sun-baked mountain one day in his presidential

helicopter, Chavez had a dream: to build a utopian city that would

showcase socialism in Venezuela. Slowly and chaotically over the years

that followed, the late president's pet project - named "Ciudad Caribia"

for the country's indigenous Carib people - began to take shape on the

mountain's ridges and plateaus.