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Cities in Bolivia like La Paz and El Alto are seeing a trend in colorful architecture. What's neat to take note of, though, is that the new aesthetic stylings of Bolivia's architectures seems to be in line with the direction the country itself is taking.
EL ALTO, Bolivia — Turn a corner in this sprawling, bustling, fast-growing city and the Ovando family home suddenly bursts into view, a party-colored mirage floating above the drab, brick-red metropolis like a beacon of an alternate Andean future.
“We didn’t want it to be just another brick house,” said Karen Ovando, 26, a government customs lawyer, standing on the terrace of her parents’ bright yellow, orange and red penthouse, six stories above the street. “They’re all matchboxes here, all the same. We wanted to show something about ourselves, something about our family.”
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