You might think that South American capitals look quite shit nowadays. And it's true. In the case of Lima, the capital of Peru, it's quite of a horrid city nowadays, but that wasn't the case just a few decades ago.
Lima, where I live, was considered the most beautiful city in South America, it was called "The Garden City", and it was populated mainly by mestizos and whites, and you could clearly see the European people's influence in the city.
Lima went to hell, and I must say it, because of all the migration it suffered from millions of people of the highlands (amerindians), which started in the late 50's and continues until today. Lima passed from being a city of 1 million people to 8 million people in 30 years. And it all went to hell, especially during the 70's and 80's. This process changed completely the face of Lima.
Here, however, I want to show everyone here how Lima used to be, with these great videos, which are in English as well. A Lima that won't ever return. Enjoy:
Lima in 1937 (colour):
Lima in 1944:
"Lima family", 1944:
(look at 2:15 in this video, all the girls in that school were white European. nowadays that would be absolutely unthinkable...):