Friday, October 30, 2009

Viale Caprera

Viale Caprera, LivornoThis is “Viale Caprera” now and more than a hundred years ago, before the canal was interred in 1898. In the old postcard we can see how the canal followed the median of the street, exactly where are now parked all the cars.Viale Caprera, LivornoA “navicello” is moored on the right of the canal, just before the “Crocetta” bridge, the one that they are going to rebuild after digging the canal again.

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26 comments:

Per Stromsjo said...

Whoa, this can't be progress can it? From a picturesque canal to a bunch of parked cars?

Interesting though.

James said...

This is so interesting to me. I love seeing then and now pictures.

brattcat said...

How wise to restore the canal. It's going to be grand. ( :

Clueless in Boston said...

Interesting shots of before and after.

Jacob said...

And they call that progress, probably! In Florida we deride such goings-on, calling such a thing "paving over paradise"!

Leif Hagen said...

But why would anyone put a consulate in Ocala? (Better late than never)

Nice now versus then on today's posting - lots of differences!

Stine in Ontario said...

I think the comparison is amazing. I suspect Italians are less prone to tearing down old buildings to replace them with new ones, which is what often happens here in Canada. We don't have the same wonderful feeling for history.

Kcalpesh said...

Good god, what a comparision. The place has changed so much! If I see the first picture only I wouldn't even get to know there was a canal over there century ago...

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cieldequimper said...

I have to admit it looks good with a canal but I'm sure people are going to scream and ask: "where will we park?".

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful and lovely post !!Unseen Rajasthan

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

It is always very interesting to see before and after photos, especially in this case. I suppose the canal would now be like a sewer.
Strange how the present now has trees, yet there are none in the old postcard - usually it would be the other way around.
Melbourne Daily Photo

Halcyon said...

I love these yesterday and today photos. It's so interesting to look back on things. I feel that European cities tend not to change as much as ours do.

Tash said...

You photographed it at the EXACT same location! Such an impressive comarison. I just love these. I'd opt for the canal but I suppose car park is more useful these days.

Tash said...

It was covered up in 1898? (I just noticed that.)

Ilse said...

That's progress! Fill in the canal. Then a century later re-excavate the canal.

Steffe said...

Always interesting to see the then and now photos.

Asta said...

Hi there,

It looked a whole lot better in the good old days. I can't comprehend that anyone could prefer a parkinglot instead of a canal....

Best regards
Asta

Cezar and Léia said...

This vintage postcard is wonderful!
How did you get it?Fabulous indeed!
The old place looks much more romantic with that canal, anyway it's so interesting see the differences between those pictures.
Léia

joo said...

It looks nice now, but I think it looked better with the canal!
Have a great weekend:)

amatamari© said...

Grazie.
Questo post evidenzia molto bene come troppo spesso in Italia non ci sia cura del bene ambientale ed urbanistico ereditato dal passato.

Ellie said...

That is on the top of all I've seen so far. They covered the water! It is a great metamorphosis. Some people dig chanels, some get rid of the chanels. You did great job. It is very interesting. At first I thought why do they have cars in the water?

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I love the old postcard ones! Very nice.

tapirgal said...

I think Cieldequimper has it right.

Hilda said...

Now this looks very different because of the change from a canal to a street. But the buildings still look amazingly the same. A lot seems to have disappeared though, which is quite the opposite of what I would have expected!

JM said...

So many differences here! Much nicer with the canal, in my opinion...

Andreea said...

Amazing. Even with the loss of the canal it still looks pretty much the same. Maybe we should all take lessons from the people of Livorno and try to preserve the past