Monday, March 31, 2008

Tale of a Wall

Last night around 9 pm I was driving home, coming up Rue Metelus. As many of you know there's is usually an overflow of market women and street vendors during the day in the area around the cemetary. Last night, there were workmen and police erecting a wall made of wood 2 x 4s and corrugated tin roofing to block the two roads where the market women usually spill out of onto Rue Metelus. I thought, "Hmm, interesting. Wonder how long that's going to last?". I assume it is the mayor's attempt clean up the street market problem.

This morning at 7 am on my way down Rue Metelus, I noticed there were no market women anywhere on the street and there were a few men 'guarding' the entrance to the cross street. On the other side, a few people were pushing on the wall as the tried to get around it.

This morning at 8:15 am on my way back up Metelus, the wall was completely destroyed. Traffic was backed up in both directions and only one lane could go at a time because pieces of tin sheeting and 2 x 4s were laying halfway across the road. There were no police officers in sight and no one looked like they were doing anything with the broken wall.

I'll pass by later today. My bet is those materials will be part of someone's house before the day is done.

1 comment:

Bridget said...

Hey! I just tagged you in a meme on my blog.