From where I sit on my balcony I will give you a tour of the nightmare that will probably happen here in Buenos AIres. A city full of unfinished apartment buildings. The other part of the nightmare. The first part. The destruction of all the beautiful buildings destroyed to make room for all these modern nightmares.
See this ugly tower apartment? I think the architect who designed it should have his hands chopped off. Besides being ugly, it does not, like the rest of these mammoth buildings belong in this barrio, especially in this part. I am not sure where it belongs, just not here. It is like there was a contest to design the ugliest apartment building. Rather than just one winner, there are several. Or are they losers? No, we are the losers. We have to live with them.
Every day I sit out on my balcony. I drink cafe. During the day I bring out my computer sometimes or I chat on the phone. For the last 3 weeks there has been no one working on this building. Not one contruction worker to be found. I have walked by and the lot is empty. Quiet. The only thing that has changed is that there are now two salespeople in an office where there was once one. They sit there bored. Eating, talking, smoking.
To the right down the block on the corner, an old restaurant was bulldozed to make way for an apart hotel for tourists. This is a hotel that has apartment like qualities. Up until about 2 weeks ago it was full of busy workers. Now I notice just a few walking around doing things.
The other building now blocking my view has been open for over a year.
It is still half sold. White paper now adorns the windows of the empty
apartments. On Charcas across Scalabrini is another monster apartment
building. Painfully obvious that it is mostly empty. The guard sits
there day after day.
Two blocks down there are some smaller buildings. I have started to keep an eye on them as well. Same thing almost nothing. This seems to be a trend in the neighborhood. Of course it did not stop the sign from going up on the near corner of Guatemala and Oro for another nightmare building. What is wrong with these people? Can't they see that construction is starting to stop around the barrio? That no one is buying these ugly, low quality, expensive apartments? They are not crazy, they are out of their minds.
Argentines will tell you that they are being sold. That foreigners or farmers are buying them. If that is the case, then why are the ones in construction just sitting there? Why are the finished ones sitting empty? And the biggest question of all? Why are they still trying to build more of them?
All pictures were taken from my balcony on a sunny day at 11:45 am