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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

How NOT to Build a City

This is Patacona, the new subdivision just north of Valencia's Malva-Rosa beach. There are no bars, restaurants, stores, pharmacies, or anything else on this strip of road for as far as you can see. Why would anyone want to live here? These are all apartment buildings. The apartments are nice but to do anything you have to drive your damn car. Drivers race down this strip of road and only grudgingly give pedestrians the right-of-way. There's plenty of free parking but absolutely no reason to be here unless you're a resident. Simply an awful urban model in almost every way. It's sad because the Spanish should know better since their cities are so excellent. About a block in the opposite direction is Valencia and the neighborhood is vibrant and pedestrian friendly. The men building the new units in Patacona can't even find a place to have lunch there and must cross back into Valencia. 

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