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Notes on the Geography of Spain: Madrid: Photo 36

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Goitia complains of the "banal eclecticism of the kind that triumphed, for instance, in the Gran Via... [where] the pressure of economic interest began to raise the maximum height of buildings and so the first American style skyscraper, with touches of Spanish baroque about it, appeared to house the Bell Telephone Company...." You don't have to look far to find that building. Meanwhile, as Goitia writes, the street "designed as a clearway for through traffic has become the most congested and chaotic zone in the town." Forty-odd years later, the street is still jammed.

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