|On the Circunvular Santa sits precariously on a ledge.|
The city has tried to 'renew' the neighborhood, which generally means increasing property values and driving out the current low-income residents. They did this most prominently with landmark projects such as the construction of the Nuevo Santa Fe apartments, designed by Rogelio Salmona, and the Archivo de Bogotá a block further south.
|Colorful flags decorate a street.|
But, even if I don't walk freely thru all of its streets, I do like Belén for its small businesses and gritty, but very real, sense of neighborhood. But that neighborhood character is threatened, I fear, as the city builds avenues thru and around the neighborhood.
|The Archivo de Bogotá, beyond a trashy, empty field which would make a good park.|
|A girl tries out her Christmas skates in front of the ASCOVE, the organization of Colombian veterans of the Korean War.|
|A corner shop.|
|Police pass a crumbling house.|
|The vine-covered sign promises a shiny hi-tech development on this empty lot. It hasn't happened yet.|
|Neighbors have a chicken Christmas day dinner.|
|The recently-built Avenida de los Comuneros slashes thru and divides the neighborhood.|
|Pedestrians pass in front of wall murals.|
|Stately older homes.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours