Saturday, February 16, 2013

Jižní Město sídliště

Today I'm feeling a little better. I still wanted to take it easy, but get out a little, so I went with Zed, Phin, and Seth to the southeast of Prague, the Háje stop on the red / C Metro train, to an area called Jižní Město, the "south town". It is a panelák sídliště, a panel-concrete apartment building settlement, which we knew as a Neubaugebiet in former East Germany.

The part of Prague we're living in now is older, so it doesn't have any buildings like that, and I wanted to show this to the boys and see how things look. Apparently this kind of settlement is generally called a microdistrict in the former east bloc. (There is lots of interesting history and nice photos in those Wikipedia articles I just linked to!)

Here is some of what we saw. Note all the festive colors they've added which really make the buildings nice to look at!

Note the terrifying hallway/bridge at the top between the two buildings in this next one!

Finally, our current favorite advertisement seen on the Metro escalator walls:

Unicorn College?! I'm sure I could find out more about it, but I don't want to. I want it to stay vague in my imagination, or perhaps it's a practical joke on us all like Český sen?

4 comments:

  1. So I'm at the ice skating rink reading your blog. The ice is melting and they have the puddles blocked off with cones. It's unseasonably warm. Nice pics!

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  2. I'm trying to picture the scene at the Jensen household. "Hey, kids! Dad's not feeling quite so awful, so let's go see a concrete apartment building!"

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  3. I don't know if I could bring myself to walk across the hallway between those buildings!

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