GRANADA:
LAND OF UNFULFILLED INITIATIVES: THE METRO DE GRANADA

When
Lorca spoke of Granada, as often as not he would speak of it as a place of inertia,
a great place to flee the conflicts of the world, rather than to confront them.

This
is the Granada he presents, for example, in his talk “Paradise closed to the
many; gardens open to the few”. Granada is a place where time stands still.
Granada is the sort of place where you can spend hours wistfully writing the
name of your loved one in the earth with a stick. It has long complicated
sunsets where the colours shift interminably. A place to enjoy long
conversations with friends you meet by chance in the street. It is a place that
feeds the imagination: a place to dream, which is not the same as to think – Lorca
hastened to point out – because that demands discipline and some mental rigour.

Granada
is full of initiatives, but it lacks the corresponding action to get these
initiatives converted into reality. Wrote Lorca. Nearly 90 years ago.

Lorca’s
ideas were not original. They were shared by many contemporary and like-minded
artists and intellectuals, and inherited from their local guru, Angel Ganivet.
And as often as not, the alternative to the innate inertia of Granada was
worse: action that led to a deterioration in the city’s urban esthetic. We
noted something of this attitude in the construction of the Gran Via (blog http://blog.granadalabella.eu/#post34) at the start of the
twentieth century. Lorca and many concerned observers, most notably the Alhambra
architect, Torres Balbas, saw the realisation of this ambitious urban project that
would change the face of Granada as an abomination.