Tuesday, February 07, 2006

A big avenue

9 de Julio is an avenue in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At 140 meters, it is one of the world’s widest avenues. Its name honors Argentine Independence Day (July 9, 1816). The avenue's unusual width is due to the fact that it spans en entire "cuadra", the distance between two streets in the checkboard pattern used in Buenos Aires. The distance between adjacent streets is roughly 110 meters, greater than the equivalent Manhattan distance. I think it is the biggest avenue I got to cross!! Crossing the avenue often requires a few minutes, as all intersections have traffic lights. For pedestrians, depending their walking speed, it takes them between 2 to 3 green lights to cross the avenue.

9 Comments:

Blogger Rob said...

Hi karine - everything seems so big in Buenos Aires. Isn't that one of the longest streets in the world?

2/07/2006 08:34:00 AM

 
Blogger Karine said...

Good question Bob! It is known to be the world’s widest avenues. I'm not sure it is the longest though. Not everything is big here, but the city has a population of close to 3 million according to the 2001 census [INDEC], while the Greater Buenos Aires conurbation has more than 11.4 million inhabitants. Which for me is a lot of people ;)

2/07/2006 08:47:00 AM

 
Blogger Dean Harvey said...

looks like cleopatra's needle on the LHS of the photo...

2/07/2006 10:05:00 AM

 
Blogger Alexander said...

That really is a lot of people. It's like all the people in Norway crammed together in one city.

A few years ago I looked into the possibility of moving to Buenos Aires for a few months to learn Spanish. But since I couldn't afford it, I moved to Spain for two years instead. I think I learned 10 new Spanish words during that time... So I moved back to Norway and signed up for a Spanish course here instead. It doesn't really make sense, I know...

2/07/2006 05:01:00 PM

 
Blogger Eric said...

I agree with dean...I think I see an obelisk in the photo. Would be interesting to know.

2/08/2006 02:40:00 AM

 
Blogger Rodney said...

Nice photo!!! I love shots like this.

2/08/2006 03:40:00 AM

 
Blogger Clement said...

Also one of the most dangerous ones in the world! never dare to cross this avenue on red lights...
I tried once, I will never do it again lol

2/08/2006 04:25:00 AM

 
Blogger Karine said...

Dean - Eric = in the foreground you are looking at Buenos Aires famous Obelisk built in May 1936 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the founding of the city.

Alexander - Nowadays studying in Argentina is affordable due to the reasons we all know. Too bad u did not have a chance to visit Bsas, since this city is worth visiting :)

Clement -- Never try crossing this avenue on red lights. Lucky you if u made it on the other side ;)

Rodney -- I have to say that this pic. has been taken by my boyfriend, I stole it, but I told him that u like it :)))

2/08/2006 08:57:00 AM

 
Blogger Arnaud said...

Whaow! It's very BIG! I'm used to see that in my province.

2/08/2006 01:58:00 PM

 

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