Cut to the chase. This looks like the strategy of the bipartisan of PP and Cs in Alicante before the informative signs that present a bad state as a result of the absolute abandonment. Neighbors of the city regret that the government team has removed a significant number of tourist posters in emblematic areas of the Alicante capital and that, after time, it does not replace them.
This situation, according to residents, is observed in spaces that are highly frequented by both Alicante and visitors, such as the Esplanade, Canalejas or Gabriel Miró, among others. In addition, it has also occurred in other places of a more commercial nature, such as the Plaza de la Estrella, located at the confluence of Maisonnave, Óscar Esplá, Aguilera and Salamanca avenues.
A tour of tourist areas in Alicante makes it possible to show this strategy of “cutting it loose”, of removing tourist signs that after years of neglect they present a regrettable state of conservation, leaving a gap in the scene that is not covered with another new poster.
The first stop, according to residents of Alicante, can occur, for example, in the square where the Esplanade and the Canalejas promenade meet. In that place, until not too long ago, you could see a poster of the Department of Culture that, in his good days, explained the story of José Canalejas, assassinated in 1912 when he was president of the Council of Ministers and who promoted the expansion of the port of Alicante, modernized the Tobacco Factory, work on the construction of the new Central Market and also promoted the urbanization of Postiguet. Today, none of this can be known when arriving in the area when the information sign located at the foot of the José Canalejas monument recently disappeared.
A few meters from there, at the beginning of the Esplanade, it is also impossible to know the history of the Walk of the Martyrs of Liberty. This panel remains, but its status prevents reading any historical reference. Later in the emblematic walk, another sign also disappeared, which was located a short distance from the space occupied today by the illuminated Christmas tree.
Not far away, in the picturesque Plaza de Gabriel Miró, where a few weeks ago there were two informational signs that are no longer visible. One, according to residents of the area, referred to the source of «La Aguadora», the other to the figure of the Alicante writer. In the first of the two cases, where the signal was found, now only remains of the base can be seen; in the second, you can see a suspicious hole in the sand of the parterre located a few meters from the bust of Gabriel Miró.
But this maneuver of acting in the face of signs in poor condition as a result of neglect maintained over time not only occurs in emblematic places, at fixed points in tourist routes, but also in other highly frequented areas, but by Alicante and visitors seeking the most commercial street. A short distance from Maisonnave, until not long ago, there was also an information sign that explained the history of the sculpture “Como una estrella”, by the artist Eusebio Sempere, which has been in its current location since 1996.
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