Despite Bogotá's and Colombia's strong economies, parts of the capital are crumbling and peeling.
Today I met members of an arts collective holding a ceremony to call people's attention to an unfinished bridge over Calle 26th, which they call a white elephant. (Neighbors objected to the plan to roof over 26th and expand the adjoining Parque de la Independencia.) With construction work stopped for more than a year, but project is crumbling even before it's finished. They also plan to demonstrate by a nearby drug-filled alley and at other social blights.
The theatre group calls itself Waja, a Wayuu word meaning 'our community.' Gustavo, an organizer, told me that their goal is to have people "ask what's going on." But I didn't see many people stop to ask anything. Find them at Laboratorio Experimental de Performance.
|Still unfinished, the work is already rusting and crumbling.|
|What have you done to help me? asks a bench on the Parkway in Teusaquillo.|
Someone labeled these decaying park benchens on The Parkway in Teusaquillo.
|'Ma acabaron.' (They finished me)|
|'I'm in a critical state,' announces another bench on The Parkway.|
|'Threat of ruins,' declares a sign on the National University's camppus.|
|Students walk past the nursing building, which looks like it needs a doctor.|
|'Tomorrow well-being will mean hardhats for everybody. Don't let the roof fall on you.' Recently, part of the law school's roof collapsed during heavy rains.|
|'62 of the University City's 129 building's need work.'|
|The law school, whose roof repotedly collapsed recently.|
|Work going on on the enginering building.|