Category: argentina

03
Sep
2012

buenos aires: collective memory 2

Centenario, Argentina

In an continuing effort to understand what makes Buenos Aires tick, I began investigating a few events that had a large historical impact yet are not represented or remembered in the collective consciousness. Once again, “The Collective Memory Reader” comes in handy.

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08
Aug
2012

argentina: córdoba, religious architecture

Endless Mile, Córdoba, Argentina, religious architecture

Although Franciscans established the first religious order in the new city, Jesuits arrived in 1599 & made Córdoba a center for learning as well as spiritual growth. Surviving in 25 city blocks with the main square at its center, Córdoba’s early history is best expressed by its surviving religious structures. Surprisingly enough, I found no guide that focused solely on this aspect of Córdoba… so here’s a suggested walking route.

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17
Feb
2012

buenos aires: collective memory

Buenos Aires, San Nicolás de Bari, 1939 demolition

When historians look back on Buenos Aires at the turn of the 21st century, one of the topics they will likely discuss is the unfortunate destruction of the city’s architectural heritage. Nothing seems to be able to stop it.

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07
Feb
2012

business: what’s in a name

Robert Wright, cobblestones, Buenos Aires

When Jeff & I began bouncing ideas around for a new type of travel guide, one of our most difficult decisions was finding an appropriate name. How to take into account this desire to explore a city on foot, combine influences from Baudelaire & Benjamin about the flâneur & apply it to destinations as diverse as Buenos Aires & Lisbon?

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22
Dec
2011
18
Dec
2011

buenos aires: a diez años de la crisis

Tapa Clarín, 19 diciembre 2001

As 2001 came to an end, it was almost time to celebrate my one-year anniversary of moving to Buenos Aires. I’ll be the first to admit that I was slow in coming to terms with some of the quirks of Argentina. But I was about to learn more than I bargained for.

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10
Dec
2011

buenos aires: barracas revisited, odds & ends

Buenos Aires, Barracas, Estación Hipólito Yrigoyen

A neighborhood as large & complex as Barracas has a number of elements that don’t fit into any of the previous categories…

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06
Dec
2011

buenos aires: barracas revisited, services

Buenos Aires, Barracas, Iglesia de Santa Felicitas

With a population of about 80,000 people, Barracas has lots of space to provide all the public services necessary: parks, hospitals, churches, synagogues & more.

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01
Dec
2011

buenos aires: barracas revisited, residential

Buenos Aires, Barracas, residential

Given that Barracas has been divided into so many different parcels & has such an industrial character, few people consider it a prime residential area. That wasn’t always the case.

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25
Nov
2011

buenos aires: barracas revisited, industrial

Buenos Aires, Barracas, industria

Probably its most defining characteristic, factories & warehouses can be found scattered all around Barracas. Everywhere. There’s no escape.

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