Wednesday, May 13, 2009

At the Citadel ...

At the Citadel ...

...and meanwhile away from this wonderful heritage of history, we have:

The "Wall" being built along one side of the bus parking lot, creating a 'main gate' into the site and the new visitor's centre

First phase of the construction - the Bus Terminal and toilet facilities
The visitor's centre is at the foundation stage and is located this side of the bus terminal.

Somewhere at the end of this piece of land is the site for the proposed Funicular ... that will cut deep into the residential area of the community below with plans to demolish some homes in the process, and disturb Amman's urban heritage. I wonder how this project is going to be maintained over the long run in view of maintenance problems of funiculars around the world??

"Don't it always seem to go,
You don't know what you've got till it's gone?

They paved Paradise …
and put up a parking lot..!"
Joni Mitchell song from the 1970s....

I cannot think of a more apt phrase to describe the work going on at the Citadel … so thanks UmmD for reminding us of this beautiful song …



Anonymous Lorenza said...

OH NO! What are they doing to this wonderful site? When I lived in Jordan we loved going there. My kids and I would get lunch from 'Batata and Dips' (Rainbow Street)mmmmmmmmmmm and take it to the Citadel. We'd sit on the rocks overlooking the ampitheatre and eat. Sometimes people would come out of the houses below and talk to us. We always had extra food for the kids to come and share. An old lady brought a tray of tea out once. I have great memories of the Citadel, I don't want it spoilt.

Monday, May 18, 2009  
Blogger joladies said...

Thanks Lorenza ... out thoughts exactly! Jordan seems to be driven by development overkill at the moment ... all in the name of the aid game.

The country is changing so fast, even we find it hard to identify with it ..... memories it would seem is all we have left!


Monday, May 18, 2009  

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