After years of construction, delays, scandal and budget over-runs, a massive concrete platform is finally taking shape above 26th St. just east of 7th Ave.
|The view from Seventh Ave.|
The project has encountered many bumps along the way. The contract was first issued to a company owned by the Nule brothers, who are now in prison facing corruption charges. Mayor Samuel Moreno and his brother are also in prison over the same scandal.
|And from Carrera 5, above the park.|
Neighbors of Independence Park have also objected to the project, because of the number of trees cut down during the work.
The completed project will be a nice contribution to central Bogota, particularly once the city and universities expand cultural activities in the blocks south of 26th, which only a decade ago were a red light district. However, one can question whether the massive investment of this project could have been spent more effectively by, perhaps, buying up some empty lots in a poor neighborhood and turning them into a city park.
|The partially-built platform, with the Modern Art Museum behind.|
|An important man's bust in Independence Park, with the planetarium behind it.|
|Neighbors have objected to the cutting down of trees in the park.|
|There's still lots of work left to be done.|
|Workers on a platform with the Colpatria Tower behind them.|
|Workers on the platform sillhoueted against the sky.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours