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Old September 21st, 2009, 01:32 PM   #161
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55. Is it really Riga? - you may want to ask. Yes, it is. Spilves meadows is a large unurbanized area of Riga, in the city's western-northern part.

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Old September 21st, 2009, 11:44 PM   #162
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56. Small and lovely church on Brīvības street - Alexandr Nevsky Orthodox church. It's unusual that it's separated in two parts - central hall and tower are 2 separate buildings as you see here.



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Old September 22nd, 2009, 02:06 PM   #163
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57. Skārņu and Audēju street crossing. Audēju street is one of the lively Old Town streets, with many shops, restaurants and bars.

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Old September 22nd, 2009, 11:52 PM   #164
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58. Marijas and Elizabetes street corner - one of countless grand street corners of Riga centre.

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Old September 23rd, 2009, 10:32 AM   #165
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Great pics again. I hope they keep Spilves meadows that way. Is it an protected nature area?
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Old September 23rd, 2009, 03:28 PM   #166
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Hopefully not! There are big plans of urbanizing that huge territory as well as expanding the existing airfield there, so such grand unused land will someday become one of the nicest residential and office area!!
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Old September 23rd, 2009, 06:50 PM   #167
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Even though I love urbanised landscape I think you got to have lots of green areas that blend in with the city. So I hope they will keep it protected if it is now. There are plenty other, much less beautiful places to build in.
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Old September 24th, 2009, 01:53 AM   #168
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Don't know about Spilves meadows protection for sure. But it seems they aren't protected because there are talks about industrial park construction now. It seems, Spilves meadows passed construction boom because they were previously included in Riga industrial port territory, it wasn't allowed to built there, and also because construction works there are quite difficult - meadows are very wet, a bit like a bog, needs long pales. One thing is for sure - area is so huge, that there should be even more crazy construction boom than the last one to fully built-up it. If we still struggle to urbanize much smaller, easier-to-built area with much higher commercial potential - Skanstes area close to centre - then I think, Spilves meadows will stay empty for a long long time. I'm not sad about that, rather otherwise - Spilves meadows is really very interesting and unique nature area for Riga, and there are many more areas which screams for urbanization first - Lucavsala, Zaķusala, areas close to Mežaparks, areas close to waterside on the left bank, etc, etc. There are also much potential to create higher density, filling the gaps in many more areas, which are overally urbanized, but not fully. When we would finish all that, and then we will start to feel the lack of space for further development, well, then we can start to think about Soilves meadows.



59. Grīziņkalns could be regarded as part of historical centre, geographically it actually is inseparable part of it (south-eastern part), but officially it is separate historical suburb. In this thread, as I have zillions of pics of historical centre, I will count Grīziņkalns as a historical suburb and show pics from there in Wednesdays. This is corner building on Tallinas (Tallin) street, one of the main streets in eastern side of Riga centre. Buildings in Grīziņkalns looks more rough, they are much less renovated, because even historically as a workers district, and still until today, Grīziņkalns is poorest part of Riga centre.

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Many cities should envy Riga the grandeur of those Art Nouveau buildings.
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60. Riga TV tower is on of the best Soviet heritage examples in Riga. It is originally designed and great-looking tower which enriches the city's skyline. It's height is 365 metres, which makes it one of the highest structures in Europe.



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61. Riga skyline from Dzegužkalns hill. Dzegužkalns is the highest hill in Riga, but that doesn't mean it's very high - just 26 metres. And one can't get great overall view of Riga from there, because the hill is overgrown with trees and there are only small "windows" to see the picture. This piece of Old Town skyline is taken wind tele-zoom through one such "window'.

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62. Central alley of Mežaparks (Forest Park). Mežaparks is largest park of Riga, it's size is about 4 square kilometres (judging by Google Earth). Basically it is pine/deciduous trees forest, crossed by many paths, where people run, ride with bicycles, rollerskates, etc. Riga Zoological Garden is located there, on the one corner of the park, as well as open-air stage with the maximum capacity of 40 000, which was fulfilled in such events as Song and Dance Festival or Latvian pop group Prāta Vētra (Brainstorm) concerts.

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63. New St. Gertrude church
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64. Mārstaļu street in Old Town's southern part. Nice low-floor buildings side by side.

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65. Elizabetes, Kalpaka, Pulkveža Brieža and Strēlnieku streets junction in the very beautiful Silent centre district, which hides many architectural treasures. See also my extensive thread about Silent centre.

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66. Bišumuiža historical suburb is a nice charming district of small houses, some masonry, some wooden ones. It's peaceful atmosphere is disturbed by quite heavy traffic though - because through there goes the streets to Southern bridge, but I think it's only temporary, while 3rd stage of Southern bridge construction hasn't finished. Bišumuiža (Manor of Bees) is located on the left bank of Daugava, southern corner of the city. I don't know why it's called Manor of Bees, I would rather call it Ābolmuiža (Manor of Apples), because in August/September you can always smell strong apple aroma coming from many apple-gardens of private houses with extensive land areas around them - almost like in countryside (and one time I even almost get lost there - some dogs started to bark around, I felt like I'm miles away from the city). Exactly Bišumuiža is responsible about my increased appetite to apples in this autumn - hadn't eat them very long ago, but Bišumuiža's apple-trees allured me so strongly that I couldn't resist to go to market after these tasty fruits.

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67. Spilves airport. This Stalinistic building between Dzirciems district and Spilve meadows was previous airport of Riga until the new one were built in the outskirts of the city. Now it's abandoned and sad, I think there should be, for example, aviation museum established inside.





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Just wonderful! Tbh, very strange to see soviet symbolics still in our days in Riga!! But a building itself is real soviet masterpiece, really hope they won't demolish it! They should indeed make there sort of museum or a small aviation centre!
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I like that Soviet symbolics, they are essential part of the building, why they have to be removed?



68. Riga skyline from supermarket Olimpija rooftop in Ķīpsala.

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Lovely lovely lovely! Very nice themed shots as usual and the clarity in these pictures is perfect, perfect light and everything!
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