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Guatemalan developers are building a nearly independent city for the wealthy on the outskirts of a capital marred by crime and snarled by traffic. At its heart is the 34-acre Paseo Cayala, with apartments, parks, high-end boutiques, church, nightclubs, and restaurants, all within a ring of white stucco walls. “Cayala creates a world for those who can afford it. Cayala sells an illusion that everything is OK, but it is not open to all people,” architect Carlos Mendizabal said.