We took a trip up through Cono Norte to visit Acon, a little beach “resort” area about 25 miles north from the center of LIma. Back in the 1970’s or whenever the started developing this area, there probably was next-to-nothing between the edges of Lima and Ancon. Now it’s pretty much packed with what one lady on Trip Advisor described as “slums” – and it’s really a grind to get there on the PanAmericana “highway” – traffic moves achingly slow, and it takes over an hour to to get there. It was worth the drive though – it’s pleasant enough when you get there, but nobody is going to mistake it for a beach on Riviera Maya or Hawaii. But the trip did make me think about the miracle of zoning and planned development, because the 20 miles between the edge of Lima Center and Ancon is pretty chaotic, just a mass of development where people built what the want, when they wanted, in whatever fashion the could afford.
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