I hate to keep going on about how Warsaw’s city planning is non existent, or just out of control, but they keep giving me good reasons to do so!
On my way round Zlote Tarasy to get to the supermarket on the way home this evening, I was struck by the nice evening light falling on the buildings on the far side of Aleja Jerozolimskie. I was then struck by just how little of the buildings is actually visible!
Thanks to either greed, bad planning, ineffective regulations or a combination of all three, Warsaw is slowly becoming a city hidden behind gigantic advertisements. I have more than enough exposure to advertisements through other means, internet, TV, radio, papers, magazines and those pesky little cards everyone shoves under your windscreen wipers thank you very much. I therefore have no desire to see the city I live in just become one huge orgy of marketing trash!
I can’t think of another capital city, any city for that matter, that would obliterate so much of one of its major thoroughfares in quite the way Warsaw is doing here on Jerozolimskie. One small stretch of street, no fewer than 7 massive adverts and that’s only because I don’t have a wider lens on this camera. Just to the right of this shot is an entire building covered in crap and just to the left is the most massive, annoying and unavoidable example of this in the whole city.
I don’t know if this is someone’s idea of a joke or if it is supposed to look better than the buildings themselves but I find it utterly outrageous. Budapest is top of my list of cities that needs very serious façade maintenance but at least they don’t hide it all behind advertising! No doubt the morons that approve all this trash have signed long term contracts so I expect we’re stuck with it for a while to come.
Dare I mention my pet annoyance of the year? The items that can be found in the foreground of this picture – more red & white poles! It really is hard to take any picture in this city without getting a few dozen of them in the shot. Perhaps one day they’ll remove the pile of grit in the middle of the street as well. Sometimes I despair, quite often actually.