Today a mixed bag of stuff, taken as I went out north past the Cordon (my neighbourhood) and into the downtown area, which is a long stretch of several streets that extend for about 30 blocks east/west from the old city to the city's obelisk. This is the length of "18 de Julio", the "main street" of the city. But rather than views of shops, today I got you some interesting buildings, some art, and a plaza.
So this here is just an interesting bit of art; political art in this case, as it commemorates the union of students. Not a 'student union' in the sense of American Universities, but in the sense of a literal union. The effect is much the same, though: both make total asses of themselves presenting an utterly unrealistic utopic vision of how just about everything should work.
The "no a la baja" was in reference to a recent referendum. The right-wing parties wanted to make people under the age of 18 responsible for their crimes (at present, all they get is detention in a youth facility). The student associations were opposed to the change, with the idiotic motto of "being young isn't a crime" (no, but CRIMINAL ACTS are crimes!). In any case, the "no" side won and to this day 17.5 year-olds are not criminally responsible for butchering people in Uruguay.
Here we have a large building, just to make it clear that it's not all small or old buildings. Though this one probably dates to the 1950s or 1960s, so "new" is a relative term.
Here are some more buildings, showing off the contrast of older and newer architecture. To me, of course, the 19th and early-20th century architecture is the coolest.
Here we have a plaza, with a particularly nice flowering tree. The statue is of one of the various "founding fathers" of Uruguay. The closed stalls are market stalls, that were not open on the day I took the photo. You often see people sitting around in the plazas: on a weekend day, favorite activities around town include going to see futbol/soccer, going to the beach, or just sitting around in a public plaza drinking mate.
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