Downtown Construction

April 25, 2007 By: erik Category: Colindres, Complaining, Photos, Politics 1,049 views

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Sometimes I get the feeling that local governments really struggle to find things to spend money on. They are currently totally redoing the entrance to Laredo, creating a round-a-bout where there was very little need for one, and changing the sidewalk tiles to a different style.

In Colindres, they’re doing the same. The town hall is dragging its feet in constructing the municipal swimming pool that residents have been begging for for years, and they’ve begun work on an area in the very center of downtown.

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I recommend clicking on the picture to download the big version. It’s 10051×3634 pixels and 4.4 MiB, so be patient. It should give you a nice idea of what downtown Colindres is like.

This area that you can see outlined by the newly budding trees used to be just an asphalt basketball court surrounded by a chain-link fence. It was very much like the “inner city rapper growing up in the projects playing b-ball” imagery that Hollywood and the Hip-Hop music business likes to show. It was nice to have a central place for children to play soccer and basketball without fear of the ball bouncing into the street.

It was kind of an eyesore having a big fence in the middle of downtown, but it was also the only place for children from ages 8 to 18 to meet up and get some exercise in relative safety from vehicles. From what I’ve heard, they are going to tear it up and build a playground aimed at a younger audience. I don’t know the motivation. Perhaps there are more young parents voting for the mayor. Call me a cynic, but I suspect that it’s more likely that the idea came from a construction company that took the mayor out for a few drinks and got the contract. Whatever the reason, I can’t vote, and I don’t care enough to rouse registered voters into action, so I’ll just complain about it here.

In another part of town, I saw that someone had taken a jackhammer to this perfectly good sidewalk.

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Either that, or we had another hail storm.

 
  • http://www.isoglossia.com sgazzetti

    Can I ask axe what you used for stitching those pictures together? I’ve been searching for a decent-but-simple & cheap-or-free panorama tool for the Mac, along the lines of Autostitch for Windows. Any ideas?

  • http://www.erik-rasmussen.com/ erik

    When I first switched from the Dark Side back in 2001, I had to use Virtual PC to run my Canon camera’s stitching program. What a hassle that was!

    You’ll slap yourself for “axing” when I tell you how I made the above panorama.

    1. Open all the files in Photoshop CS3
    2. Choose File–>Automate–>Photomerge…
    3. Click “Add all open files”
    4. Leave “Layout” on “Auto”
    5. Click “OK”

    They’ve improved it quite a bit since CS2. In CS2, you had to manually move stuff around a lot more. I guess that’s what the “Interactive Layout” option is in CS3.

    It was only a year ago when I discovered that the one application that should really have a photo stitching feature really did have a photo stitching feature.

  • http://www.isoglossia.com sgazzetti

    Good work! Thanks for that. I’m pretty impressed with the seams (or lack of them), and it’s far more sophisticated-looking than other stuff I’ve seen with earlier versions of PhotoShop. I guess I need look no further.