I have been thinking about this post for a while. If I could use two words to describe Quito what would those two words be? I drive around the city a lot and it is truly a complicated place to describe, especially with only two words. Then one day while I was dodging local drivers who treat red lights and other traffic laws more like suggestions it hit me like a bag of bricks. Or maybe it was a bit more like a concrete slab. Or possibly it was like a whole building being dropped on me. Or maybe around 400 buildings, which is about how many buildings or other projects are currently being built in this city.
I then realized the best two words to describe Quito right now are "Under Construction".
Everywhere I go in this city of progress I see a new high rise going up. Every block is full of construction workers pile driving or laying concrete or putting the finishing touches on a beautiful new building. It must be a sign of the economic times here because the construction business is BOOMING.
On top of the 400 buildings going up, the new airport is finished (as you read from my previous blog). Also a Subway system for the city is under construction, and the whole city has a big initiative to lay all of the electrical cables under ground. Their is a park and a college being constructed where the old airport was so the land will not be wasted, and it seems like many of the home owners here are remodeling.
Something RIGHT is going on here and I don't know what it is, but I know I like it. It is amazing to see so many projects! I personally love architecture and even though none of these current projects are over 30 floors the artistic thought they put into the buildings here is amazing. I look forward to seeing what Quito looks like 20 years from now.
I wouldn't be surprised if it looked something like this SkyscraperCity.com poster's post that you can view here: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=351025