Sunday, September 26, 2010

a great post

thomas locke hobbs did a great post about his visit to Comodoro Rivadavia in Patagonia, Argentina. He explores the mundane with in comodoro's landscape, giving a grim but beautiful approach to it. his words:

"The story of how this neighborhood got built is emblematic of Argentina’s recent history. It was started in 1999 by a cooperative of professors from the nearby university. The mesa was leveled and foundations were poured. Then the crisis of 2001 hit. Their savings were frozen and then covered into devalued pesos. The project sat idle for years. In the last few years they were able to restart construction with loans and assistance from the current government. In return they were asked to paint the houses apple green, which is the visual branding of the current governor Mario Das Neves. The neighborhood sits on a prominent hill, clearly visible from the main highway leading into town. Das Neves is trying to position himself as a candidate in next year’s presidential election, so the advertising was surely important (...) Comodoro, honestly, is not a nice place. It’s a testament to what people will put up with to achieve a house, a car and a stable job".

read the whole post here