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DWCC13-Rioja #1 Manhattan in the Basque Country

What remains of the industrial Bilbao, the power of a city forged by mines and sea, which collapsed with the crisis which affected steel as phylloxera did the vine? My eager eyes do not see the tracks of this recent past, nevertheless they exist : glorious, marine and metallurgical, situated less than a kilometer from the Guggenheim. The place is called Zorrotzaurre, a narrow tongue of land, a peninsula which will become an island like Manhattan, a transformation that will finally enclose a chapter of urban renovation begun in Bilbao at the dawn of the 1990s. Today, warehouses are reduced to rubble, there are only gigantic detached houses, behind secure walls with names carved in the entrances.   I feel both hatred and love towards this city which has become a model of development, showered with money. Urban Committees and their funds are the big Zeus and architects the crazy mutants. Remember… the city was one of the darkest of Spain, dirty and polluted … now people kayak down the river. It is the “ Guggen …