Ciudad Caribia, a new socialist model city being constructed in Venezuela. It was conceived as a new type of self-sustaining, ecological population center that encourages walking rather than driving, environmentalism rather than waste, and communal values rather than individualism. The plan includes many communal buildings and parks, broad walkways and few vehicular roads, and will be largely run by the locally-elected communal councils rather than by a traditional governmental system.
The city was inaugurated a few days ago with 602 families, most former residents of Federico Quiroz and Nueva Tacagua who were displaced during the mudslides late last year, moving into their new apartments. They officially signed the papers transferring the use-ownership of the land to the new residents during a televised celebration. Ownership gives residents the right of use to their apartment and to the city, but does not give them the right to sell or rent it, or in the case of the city to sell its land or buildings. Hugo Chavez has set the goal of 20,000 units being finished in the city by the end of 2018, accommodating up to 100,000 people, and another 800 apartments will be ready for occupation by the end of this year. Construction is underway also for local industrial centers to employ the population.
Apartments are three bedroom, two bath and are really nice. The cost is subsidized by the state depending on family income: families who earn below minimum wage have the cost subsidized 100%; those that earn minimum wage, 80%; those that earn double, 54%; and even those that earn three times the minimum wage will still receive a 28% subsidy for apartments already priced far below market value.