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Posted in photography by luis barbosa on March 14, 2013

“Bolhão´s Fado-an economic essay”

The Bolhão Market is the most emblematic market of the city of Oporto dating back to 1850, with a unique two floors structure , characterized by monumental neoclassical architecture was classified as a Public Interest matter in 2006. For more than a decade Bolhao’s merchants, reduced to one third today, house their shops in scaffolding. As the Market is one of the most visited sites in the city and very also very old, needs profound works of restoration. Despite the difficult economic period the country is going through, austerity and global pessimism, the locals do not forget the “life of active Bolhão”. A site full of daily human interaction, contributing to local economy and Oporto’s traditional spirit is now a desolated place. The reform of Bolhão market is still open, promises about new infrastructures in order to continue and enforce the traditional market, the creation of a new shopping centre, or a car parking area, are still discussed by the politicians although the majority of votes are to preserve the “old Bolhão” market with a new face.Despite the promises of the candidate mayor for the Oporto City Hall that in the first year of their government they´ll resolve the problem, currently all plans are frozen. In a country ruled by IMF´s philosophy the future of Bolhão is very obscure.

Bolhão´s Fado - an economic essay

Bolhão´s Fado - an economic essay

Bolhão´s Fado - an economic essay

Bolhão´s Fado - an economic essay

Bolhão´s Fado - an economic essay

Bolhão´s Fado - an economic essay

Bolhão´s Fado - an economic essay

Bolhão´s Fado - an economic essay

Bolhão´s Fado - an economic essay

Bolhão´s Fado - an economic essay

Bolhão´s Fado - an economic essay

Bolhão´s Fado - an economic essay

Bolhão´s Fado - an economic essay

Bolhão´s Fado - an economic essay

Bolhão´s Fado - an economic essay

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