|These podlike apartments look like they belong in Miami.|
Oxxo also replaced a small mall containing a half-dozen small, family-owned businesses, including a stationery store, a lunchery, a photocopy place and an Internet cafe - services important to students and residents. What does Oxxo sell? Mostly alchohol and junk food.
Who approved this monstrosity which uglifies the street but adds nothing to the community?
Here are some more buildings which don't seem to belong in La Candelaria:
|When it was built several years ago, this very non-colonial building on Carrera 2 and Calle 9 was criticized by neighbors. Why did planning officials approve it? Why didn't they require the builders to at least put a colonial-style tile roof?|
|El Corral's flourescent lighting looks none-too colonial at night.|
|A building on Carrera 3 and Calle 9 has seen better times. Will it be saved or allowed to decay further?|
|The Abadia Colonial hotel on Calle 11 was beautifully restored by its Italian owner.|
|This apartment complex on Carrera 2 has been vacant for years, and for a while was occupied by squatters. Will someone restore it?|
|Pedestrians walk past a handsome old home on Calle 12.|
|Two views of Calle 9 in the evening.|
|An old sign advertises 'chicha'.|
|The restored fountain on the Plaza del Chorro, where Bogotá was founded.|
|Graffiti adds nothing to the neighborhood.|
|But colorful house painting does wonders.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours