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Brussels - Convoluted Cityscape (II)

Posted by
MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 22 July 2010 in Cityscape & Urban.

... a chaotic city of ugliness, arbitraryness, and neglected corners.

Brussels Midi.

Phil David Alexander Morris from Canada

Superb capture, that Friterie building is very cool and for sale.
Beautiful colors, composition and perfection of subject matter
always are so expected of your work.

22 Jul 2010 6:21am

@Phil David Alexander Morris: Thanks, Phil. You can't go through Brussels without noticing these contrasts. It's not always like on Grand Place - unfortunately!

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

I seem to remember that to be the case...nothings changed then!

22 Jul 2010 6:54am

@Ted: You can find these places within walking distance from really great corners. And this place here is called 'Place d'Europe'! Pfft!

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

I like this old house on a corner . I guess it is going to be renovated soon to mach other houses . Very lovely image .

22 Jul 2010 12:56pm

@MARIANA: Renovated? No way. All windows were removed, deterioration is progressing fast. In a few years it will be ready for demolition.

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

a cool intersection

22 Jul 2010 1:42pm

@B.Held: Lots of contrasts like this corner can be found there.

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

Your summary of Brussels is correct Manfred, but those old buildings that escaped the wars years do have some historic value however chaotic.

22 Jul 2010 2:57pm

@Michael: They certainly do, but their owners obviously don't care. This neglected one has lost all of its windows, they were deliberately removed. Pigeons and rain will advance deterioration, and one day it will be simply teared down. Always the same sad story.

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Looks like the history of the city will soon be disappearing with the encroaching new development. :-(

22 Jul 2010 3:58pm

@Steven: Many residential buildings are very neglected, it seems to be an inevitable development.

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

Nice. City planning at its best.

22 Jul 2010 7:24pm

@Philip: You think this was planned...? ;)

Akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Chaotic indeed but I did like some parts of this city. This old building beeing in sale should be replace soon by a modern one.

23 Jul 2010 12:02am

@Akarui: Brussels is a great city, but this kind of negligence of old buildings is not a good development. It attracts the wrong people - criminals on the one side, bureaucrats with their ugly glass high rises on the other side.

Christine Walsh from Astoria, NY, United States

I agree with your description - even the light post looks like it has angry eyebrows.

23 Jul 2010 1:57am

@Christine Walsh: You have a good eye, I haven't seen that at first!

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

I think this is te case almost everywhere in the big cities: the old is parly preserved - where it is worth doing it - and the very old is razed off to plant a new aluminium and glass giant! I agrre with the very good observation made above by Christine Walsh...even the street lamp has angry eyebrows...very well put!

23 Jul 2010 5:33am

@Japanalia: Yes, that's right. Even more a sad development, as there are not many damages from WW II in that city. Most of today's damages are from modern times.