Redesign review / Revisión de rediseño

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DO YOU REMEMBER OUR PLAZA de San Rafael? That’s the plaza built by a dishonest, supposedly rich, narcissistic developer with an ego the size of, well, you know who. Anyway, if you don’t know what I’m talking about, click here.

The plaza has been redone, and at least the monument to that jerk is gone. But I will not pass judgment (although San Geraldo and I already have) until you’ve had the opportunity to share your thoughts. Then I’ll share mine, and San Geraldo’s.

By the way, our lying, narcissistic, jerk is in jail. There’s hope.


¿RECUERDAS NUESTRA PLAZA DE SAN Rafael? Esa es la plaza construida por un desarrollador narcisista, deshonesto, supuestamente rico, y con un ego del tamaño de, bueno, ya sabes quién. De todos modos, si no sabe de que estoy hablando, haz clic aquí. 

La plaza ha sido renovada y al menos el monumento a ese idiota ha desaparecido. Pero no voy a emitir juicios (aunque San Geraldo y yo ya lo hemos hecho) hasta que hayas tenido la oportunidad de compartir tus pensamientos. Luego compartiré la mía y la de San Geraldo. 

Por cierto, nuestro mentiroso, narcisista, imbécil está en la cárcel. Hay esperanza.

• The larger palm trees you see are not in the plaza; they’re on the side street and have always been there.
• Las palmeras más grandes que ves no están en la plaza; están en la calle lateral y siempre han estado allí.
Before / Antes
After / Después

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

36 thoughts on “Redesign review / Revisión de rediseño”

    1. Bob:
      And it seems they’re intended to give shade, although I’ve been by at all times of daylight sun and they don’t serve the purpose.

  1. It’s good that the grandiose eyesore of the column and statue are gone, but now there appears to be nowhere to sit down and nothing to offer any bit of shade?

    1. Debra:
      Some benches under those “trellises” and that’s it. I’m glad the column, statue, and fountain that overwhelmed the space are gone, but I wish there had been more inspiration for the design.

  2. While I’m glad what the old plaza stood for is gone, it’s not near as intresting …ok….it’s downright boring looking. That’s the best they could do? And your comment about your lying, narcissistic, jerk being in jail. There’s hope? I don’t have the same hope in our elected officials or government to do the same.

    1. Mistress “G” Borghese:
      Yeah, my hope was a stretch. I’m not feeling all that hopeful really either. I’m trying. We are NOT fans of this new plaza although at least, as you said, what the old plaza stood for is gone.

  3. The surface will be much easier to cross, without risking breaking an ankle in the doomed to failure tree wells. The kids play area will be loved. The lighting makes is easier to use at night. The lattice shade create natural gathering places, better if they are covered in a native flowering vine. Eliminated the trees, that never seem to live more than five years.

    1. David:
      Definitely more accesible and safer. The playground replaces an identical one and is just more well-placed. The “lattice” sadly provides no shade. I expected plantings there, but then they paved it entirely, so no greenery is coming.

  4. I clicked and learned. I have my doubts about that certain someone in the U.S. ever doing time. He’s gotten away with so much already. It will probably continue.


    1. Kirk:
      Exactly. It makes a large space accesible but we wish they design could have been less sterile and barren.

  5. I like it. I like the roman ruins on the one end, and the lack of tamarind trees is a plus. And I like the paving, too. Very “esplanade” like.

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      The Roman ruins are across the street and were moved from their original location on the plaza when the crook redid it in his own image. The old paving including mosaics created of hand-placed stones. They can be beautiful but treacherous to walk on. So, much safer now and I like the pattern and colors. Also glad the tamarinds are gone. But I find it barren and uninspired. And those trellises offer absolutely no shade. When I saw them going up I thought we were going to get wisteria and other vines that thrive here, as was done in older plazas around town. But then they paved the area completely, so I guess that’s not going to happen.

  6. Hmmmmm…seems a bit stark, doesn’t it? And with more of those tamarisk trees that blow down in the wind! But yeah, at least the statue is gone. Accentuate the positive, as the song says. 🙂

  7. Kind of austere. Needs some red 😀 It looks kind of like a sports court (tennis or basketball), especially at night.

  8. Minimalist in the extreme. At first I thought those stick houses were perhaps for a weekend market but then noticed the concrete (?) benches. Doesn’t say Spain and sunshine to me.

    1. Willym:
      I agree. It doesn’t say Spain… although it sadly does say Fuengirola. City Hall Plaza doesn’t look much different. When i saw the trellis structures going up I thought we’d have some beautiful vinery and shade areas. Then they paved it entirely. No shade. No flowers. No green. Very disappointing.

    1. Parsnip:
      You’re right about that. But being across the street from a very broad beach, there really have never been problems after storms. Ah well. At least the pirate is gone.

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