As Buenos Aires subway workers prepared to go on strike, they took away the turnstiles from six stations, making travel free. Not the way to run a railroad—even one that is underground and privatized (part of the problem).
The Spanish headline (Trabajadores del subte liberan molinetes en seis estaciones) even has a literary subtext: in River Plate Spanish, turnstiles are—I had forgotten—“molinetes” (small windmills), so that riding the porteño subways is, literally, a bit quixotic.
Actually, they are (were?) very decorative, with a variety of murals in many stations. They are (were?) reasonably safe, clean for a big city, fast. But not air-conditioned (it’s winter there, anyway).