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Ciudad Evita
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  • Ciudad Evita is a city in La Matanza Partido, within the Greater Buenos Aires metro area

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  • It currently has about 70,000 inhabitants, and is situated about 20 kilometers (13 mi) from Downtown Buenos Aires and 6 kilometers (4 mi) from Ministro Pistarini International Airport
  • The city has been declared a National Historic Monument of Argentina
  • The city owes its name to the Eva Perón Foundation, which developed the initial settlement
  • Established in 1947 by Argentine President Juan Perón, his Decree No
  • 33221 stipulated that this new suburb of Buenos Aires be named after the namesake of the foundation, his wife Eva (’Evita’) Duarte de Perón
  • The city, whose original 15,000 homes were designed in a simplified Spanish Colonial Revival style favored during the Perón era, featured a layout purposely built in the shape of Eva's profile, which seemingly waved to airline passengers from the nearby airport
  • This overt homage to the influential first lady prompted the city's renaming as Ciudad General Belgrano following the military coup that deposed Perón in 1955
  • Despite these changes, the town, which was administered by the National Mortgage Bank following the coup, continued to grow, incorporating the Barrio Vemme ward between 1960 and 1967
  • It was transferred to La Matanza Council in 1963, and upon the return of Peronists to power in 1973, it regained its Ciudad Evita designation
  • A second addition, Barrio Alas, was opened in 1974 for Argentine Air Force officers stationed at the Morón Air Base

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