|The dream..,,,,,..and the reality.|
|An empty lot which was |
supposed to be the cultural center.
Bogotá did its part, buying land, making plans and demolishing the existing buildings, to the tune of about one million dollars.
But then Spain's economy crashed, and the plans never left the page. Now, a year after the project was supposed to have been finished, the construction license is about to expire and Bogotá needs to make a decision: either keep waiting for Spain's economy to recover, whenever that happens, or do something else with the site.
With no light at the end of the tunnel for Spain's economy, it would seem best for Bogotá to find another use for this prime piece of real estate: Perhaps a Colombian history academy, which would host public events. Or a public arts center. Or a sports center.
Whenever Spain finds the funds, they'll be able to find another piece of spare real estate in Bogotá.
|Graffiti's the only culture going on here.|
Update: On July 1, El Tiempo reports that Spain's International Cultural Agency says it will build the cultural center. Let's wait and see. I wonder what the indignados protesting against government cutbacks on Spain's streets think about their government spending eight million euros in Colombia?
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours