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Here a quick update on the progress of the Teatro Princesa demolition. I never knew heavy machinery could be so cute. Mampf!

Did you know Valencia has its own breed of dog?

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July 16, 2009 at 4:05 pm Comments (2)

Deconstruction on Teatro Princesa

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With an almost 4 month delay they have finally started the deconstruction of Teatro Princesa, which was destroyed in a fire earlier this year. Making great use of the chaos, the city has turned Calle Murillo into Construction Nightmare Ground Zero — this week, they started tearing up the street for the fourth time. Of course, we understand that in the long term, it’s better to have repaired streets, but why exactly is it necessary to tear up, then pave over, then tear up, then pave over, tear up, pave over and NOW TEAR UP THE STREET AGAIN?! Within the time frame of about 3 months?! Man! If we could, we’d move out tomorrow!

Anyway, we heard that the crews claimed that the deconstruction of the theater would take about 2 days, starting Friday, finishing Sunday. My guess is it will take at least a month. Just look at this mess!

We live in a building right next to the Teatro (literally: I could reach out and touch it), and the city has provided us absolutely zero information as to the schedule of deconstruction, let alone what risks we run by staying in our apartment. All the information we’ve gotten is from asking neighbors, and the workers on the ground.

Oh well, at least we got some neat pictures out of it:

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Horchata in Valencia

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July 5, 2009 at 2:21 pm Comments (0)

Fire Update – Princesa, Maldonado

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The beginning of Fallas has brought a frightening rash of unofficial and unwanted fires to our neighborhood, on the south side of Carmen.

First was the sad destruction of the Teatro Princesa, which was engulfed by flames a couple weeks ago. Levante reports that the city is taking charge of the destruction of the theater, as the property owners have not acted on the demolition order. Already cranes are in place on Calle Murillo, starting to take down some of the more dangerous structures in the building where the fire began — Murillo #6. We took some interesting images of the men at work.

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Then, as we were going home from today’s mascletà, we almost walked right into another raging building fire on Calle del Maldonado. We have no idea how this one started, but it was pretty frightening.

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It was another abandoned building, in a city that’s sadly full of them. What I’d like to know is, why does the city government spend so much money building a Formula 1 track, and the City of Arts & Sciences, when there are so many dangerous and abandoned buildings directly in the city center?

Pay attention the next time you walk through Carmen — the historic heart of the city — and notice the sad ratio of empty buildings in ruin, to those that are livable. Wouldn’t taxpayer money be better spent fixing these up, than attracting elite sporting events?

Current view from our back tarrace:

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March 9, 2009 at 7:44 pm Comment (1)

Fuego en el Teatro Princesa Valencia

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Fuego del Teatro Princesa – doesn’t it sound like another event from Fallas? It kind of sounds like Cabalgata del Fuego, doesn’t it!

Well we came home from a night out this morning at 4 and got greeted by fire trucks. My heart dropped, but I was relieved to see that our house wasn’t up in flames. But it easily could have been. Instead the abandoned theater Princesa got burned to the ground. And I thought La Cremà was at the end of Fallas.

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Scary thing is, this is the view from one of our rear windows. It’s a wonder that our house didn’t catch fire as well.

That was fun and we got to finally meet our neighbors.

They still don’t know what started the fire but the theater and the house where the fire started were “okupados”. That means squatters were living illegally in them. Apparently the city had been trying for years to buy the theater.


This video via Typically Spanish
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February 27, 2009 at 4:00 pm Comments (15)