Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Futball creates public works 

Given that the world is being rivited by the World Cup soccer tournament now would be a good time to point out that Venezuela will be the host of the 2007 Americas Cup, which is the South American soccer championship. To prepare for hosting this tournament the Venezuelans are buildling and upgrading numerous soccer stadiums.

In Merida they are building a new stadium. Here are some construction photos:

And this is what it will look like when fully completed:

Here is the stadium which they are rebuilding in Barcelona:

And this is what it will look like when fully completed:

Here is the new stadium in Tachira:

And here is what this stadium will look when complete:

Now, given that people will be coming to Venezuela from all over the continent it would be nice if they had a nice modern international airport to arrive in - something Venezuela has been lacking for many years. So the Venezuelan government finally upgraded the main airport by Caracas. Having gone through it I can confirm its a huge improvement over what was there before:

Of course, Chavez has done great things for poor and working class Venezuelans through his expansive social programs. At the same time though, the Chavez government is building a massive number of public works. Not only does this give the country things it needs and can be proud of but it also creates jobs and gives the economy a needed boost. So these pictures aren't really of soccer stadiums and airports. They are of Venezuela progressing.


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