|Guayas and Quill|
|The old museum building; now government offices|
|Some of the leaders of independence|
Of course there are differences. Most of the small shops are barely 10 feet wide and carry only one type of item. Perhaps half of them sell various kinds of food with only a few seats for sit-down dining if there are any at all. Every few blocks a money changer holds a wad of US dollars. That was a bit strange until I was reminded that the currency here is the US dollar and most of the visitors would be from other South American countries with different currencies.
|Art on the Malecon del Solado|
|A play area on the Malecon Simon Bolivar|
|The Blue Snail restaurant, a good example of art deco, surrounded by new buildings.|
|One of the buildings built around 1900 shortly after the fire that destroyed the town around 1890 - just like Seattle and Chicago.|
|A beautiful new area just north of downtown on the waterfront. Not many people live here yet.|
Urban renewal has also come to Guayaquil. Our guide pointed out several beautiful buildings built shortly after the 1896 fire that destroyed most of the city. Then she would also point out the ugly newer building nearby that had replaced a building similar to the older ones. We were immediately reminded of the recently completed renovation of King Street Station in Seattle which we visit several times a year in our travels north. In the 1950s, it was modernized by covering windows and putting in a drop ceiling to cover up the magnificent high ceiling that has just recently been uncovered and rebuilt to its former grandeur. New styles may sometimes be more functional and there is a place for them, but too often it comes at the expense of the real beauty of the past. Sometimes we remember that in time. Sometimes we don’t and live to regret our modernizing actions.