Archive for December, 2010

Cuban Construction Projects Delayed

Monday, December 13th, 2010

The work, scheduled to be executed in 30 months, actually took 32 because of the rain work stopped for long days work. But it was not only quick access to the beach east which awaken the will necessary to have agreed to the construction of the tunnel. If the tunnel was then projected from the Brazilian cities of Rio de Janeiro and Niteroi, across Guanabara Bay, was due to growing traffic between the two cities, said in 1956 the magazine Architecture in Havana, the one here be done “in order to urge the people of Havana to manufacture their homes and live on the side of there” because “its main purpose is to facilitate development of the city to the east. ” Actually the main interest that catalyzed the construction project had to do with the intention of extending the city limits beyond which were at that time. La Ciudad del Este, the City of the Future, these names began to be known as was being planned. This new city was conceived to accommodate 000 and 200 would be installed in their areas, even some ministries and the Presidential Palace, and numerous government and private offices. The center of Havana would shift further and, in principle, the capital would grow to the east the same 18 miles that for forty years had grown to the west. Planned, its promoters said, as a perfect city from the urban point of view, which solution would find serious problems-traffic, lack of separation between the vehicle and the pedestrian and lack of parks, green areas and parking and Child-like areas affecting cities contemporary.

The city would have a modest nature park and a golf course. The land closest to the mouth of the tunnel that would provide for state agencies, would most desirable residential areas, then the modest and popular. The beaches of the east, meanwhile, continued their unstoppable expansion. Guanabo was a city beach and Santa Maria del Mar had grown enormously, and very well planned, in less than ten years. Plot and was built in Boca Ciega, Tarara and Bacuranao, and White Way encouraged the emergence of residential districts in Colinas de Villa Real, Alamar, Bay. If the west side of Havana Havana lived a million and was then the province of Pinar del Rio, the country’s poorest province, the east side lay most of the Cuban people and opened a thriving territory or potential wealth . The urbanization of the area would charge so hard that I thought other lucrative post, as the construction of a modern airport.

Perhaps all those dreams have been fulfilled, today most of the flow of foreign visitors to the city, the airport would know more Colinas de Villareal that current air terminals Cattle Ranch. The airport did not have to be built for the Future City also came to a conclusion, all these beautiful architectural plans were unaffordable with the arrival of the revolutionary victory of January 59. Maybe the future is kind and will permit the people of Havana to see those dreams materialize as the need for expansion and modernity of his city, is well enhanced by the present day. By then, the Bay Tunnel to link there and times.