Guatemala builds private city to escape crime

In this Nov. 20, 2012 photo, a car drives along the main street of Paseo Cayala, a nearly independent city on the edges of Guatemala City. Eventually, the Cayala Management Group hopes to expand the project into “Cayala City,” spreading across an area a little larger than New York’s Central Park. Cayala’s backers promote it as a safe haven in a troubled country, one with an unusual degree of autonomy from the chaotic capital. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The highway climbs toward the edge of Guatemala City, past deep ravines where the poorest residents of the capital live in thousands of cinderblock huts, roofed with plastic sheets and powered by black cables stealing electricity from nearby lampposts.