Puerto Madero


Puerto Madero
Buenos Aires, Argentina


From their website:

“By the end of the 19th century, the authorities decided to provide the city with adequate port facilities. This sparked off a debate in society about two projects: one submitted by engineer Luis A. Huergo and the other, by Eduardo Madero.  The latter’s proposal, which planned the location of the port in the area surrounding Plaza de Mayo, was passed by the Argentine Congress in 1882. The facilities were eventually inaugurated in 1897. Later on, at the turn of the 20th century, the red brick warehouses, which have become the landmark of this District, were built. Then, by 1916, Costanera Avenue, one of the favorite promenades of the city dwellers, was opened, together with the Municipal Riverside Resort. Owing to the deterioration of the facilities, between 1911 and 1930 Puerto Nuevo (New Port) was built to replace that designed by Madero, which was abandoned for more than five decades. In 1989 the Government decided to rescue the old port area from oblivion and integrate the city with the River. The project, led by Corporación Antiguo Puerto Madero meant the retrieval of 170 hectares for dwellings and public spaces. This District, whose streets pay homage to outstanding women in Argentine history, soon became an exclusive residential, gastronomic and business center in the city.”


The port area is sprawling, but easily navigable (they have “You are here” kiosks all over).  In contrast to almost all of Buenos Aires, the streets, sidewalks and paths are smooth, wide and well lit.  With the exception of the canal and the Avenue along the ecological preserve near the waterfront (the most interesting parts), all of the buildings and infrastructure are new and shiny.  As you can see from the images below, a great time of day to visit this city within a city is near dusk: the lighting is beautiful and traffic is at a minimum.  From what we understand, after dark, the port is bustling with people eating at expensive restaurants and cafes (they even have a TGI Fridays) and/or going to dance clubs.  While we didn’t dance, Puerto Madero is a great place to take a stroll.


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