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Here you will find my personal view about selected events relating to Granada, 'the city where anything is possible', Granada, 'la bella y la bestia', and particularly about the city's uneasy relationship with its greatest son, Federico Garcia Lorca, who alternatively loved and loathed it.


Metro Posted on Mon, February 13, 2017 04:03:16

The promised
inauguration of the Metro in Granada for March this year (see post 55, 2 Feb 17), – it looks as if it’s
going to happen, but in a scaled-down form. That is, like the High Speed AVE
was reduced to a Low Speed version, and then a No Speed service (see post 54, 30 Jan 17), at least for
2017, the Metro it appears is going to be introduced as a trial service at
first, running from just 9am to 3pm, and that with only one train an hour. A
further delay in the full inauguration to autumn or beyond the end of the year
is not inconceivable.

If you think
that’s bad enough, better not look at the cost, which has risen so far from an
initial budget of 260m to over 558m euros. This might suggest that those
responsible for calculating the costs are incredibly dim, or something funny is
going on. We know who’s paying for all this, but do we know who’s profiting?

– This
is from Antonio Cambril’s opinion piece in Granada Hoy, 12 Feb 2017 (Calendario flamenco). I have left out
the scorn he pours on the political parties, as I take that for given.

the metro is coming

Metro Posted on Thu, February 02, 2017 20:46:56

In #post53
(07.01.2017) we talked about
the revival of Granada’s international airport with Easyjet flights to London
scheduled to start on 4 Feb (the day after tomorrow). In #post54 (30.1.2017) we looked at
the dismal situation of Granada’s non-existent train connections to all points west
(which includes Madrid) and drew a big question mark over the likelihood of
there being any before 2017 is out.
Today we move on to the Metro, which was
supposed to be opening in the last quarter of 2015, but wasn’t; and before that,
in July 2014, the
regional government fixed early 2015 for at least a partial inauguration of the
line, but it didn’t happen; previous to which, in the spring of 2013, it was confidently predicted the service
would be in operation by the following spring. I wrote about this in #post50 (26.09.2016) just after I
got back from Birmingham.

Now, hold onto
your hats!, the Metro will be opening in March 2017, next month! A recruitment
process has been initiated and CVs for the 97 new posts created had to be
submitted by 31 December 2016. There were 21,000 applications.

Nobody has
actually been employed yet but I understand CVs for the 54 vacancies for train
drivers are being sorted through as I write, as this post requires a longer
period of innitiation.

Of course, nobody
really expects the Metro to be up and running by March. But it does look as if
2017 will be the year Granada gets its Metro, with just a six-year delay.

Metro de Granada

Metro Posted on Mon, September 26, 2016 14:03:34


Metro de Granada – un
sistema de metro ligero, integrado por una única línea que conecta varios
puntos de la periferia (Armilla, Maracena, Albolote) con el centro de la ciudad.
El servicio se encuentra actualmente en la fase final de su construcción,
estando prevista su inauguración para el último trimestre de 2016. (acceso

[In its final phase of construction; inauguration expected in the last quarter of 2016.]

Leemos en el Ideal del 13 de
septiembre que la delegada del Gobierno andaluz en Granada, Sandra García, ha
mantenido el compromiso de que el metro esté funcionado antes de que termine
este año.

metro will definitely be operating before the end of the year.]

Cuando yo me fui de Granada en el
otoño de 2008 las obras estuvieron en marcha. Daba clases de inglés particulares
en varios puntos de la ciudad y ya me causaron pesadillas. El primer tramo se
licitó en 2006 y las obras empezaron en agosto del año siguiente con una
previsión de estar terminadas antes de año nuevo de 2011.

construction work was already causing me nightmares before I left Granada
towards the end of 2008 as I was driving round the city doing prívate English
classes. Work actually started in August 2007 and was due to be completed
before the end of 2010.]

Estuve en Granada en la primavera
de 2013 pero afortunadamente no dependía de las clases particulares. En abril
de ese año la Junta de Andalucía afirmó que el metro estaría terminado dentro
de un año.

spent the spring of 2013 in Granada but, thank goodness, I wasn’t doing prívate classes,
because the contruction work had hardly progressed in 5 years, – though the
regional government was confident that it would be finished by the following

Tampoco en la primavera de 2014
habían acabado las obras. En julio de 2014, la Junta fija para algún momento
del primer semestre de 2015 la apertura parcial de la línea de metro hasta la
altura de La Caleta. – Otra mentira/equivocación.

work of course wasn’t finished in the spring of 2014, nor in the spring of
2015, nor in the spring of 2016.]


Metro Posted on Sun, May 19, 2013 16:23:38


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.

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.

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

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 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.