Giving neighbourhoods a new look
This used to be all factories
Harlem is not the only trendy district in New York. There is also the Meatpacking District, known as Gansevoort Market. What used to be an area swamped with factories, especially for meat packing (hence its name) now uses its old structures to house markets and restaurants.
Another example of this urban transformation is Puerto Madero (Buenos Aires), a response to the need to create a port to connect Buenos Aires with Europe. Who would have thought that the addition of four dams and two docks could turn it into a luxury district! Its streets are now lined with famous Parisian furniture shops (Roche Bobois) and five-star hotels such as Faena Hotel, decorated by Philippe Starck. This ‘foreign invasion’ has meant that it has lost part of its original essence, although Marcelo, one of the best Italian restaurants in the city, is one of the few that maintains its traditional feel.