Here's detail from Burnham's plan. (Colors have been altered, of course.)

You can clearly see the the diagonal boulevards and the grid. Also, the present Rizal Park was supposed to be a government center -with monumental buildings arranged in a half-arc facing the bay. The Executive Building (previously occupied by the Senate and now by the National Museum*) and the Finance Building were the only ones that got built. I think the Commonwealth Government set aside money for the project (saved over a decade) but then decided to spend it on rural irrigation projects instead.

The boulevards all terminated at the center of the arc of buildings - one road had a direct connection to the railroad station in Paco.

Notice also how the new government center butted-up right next to the walls of Intramuros -giving it an active edge. Currently, the Walls have open fields/parks/driving ranges as foreground -with no active edge connecting the old city to the new city.

(*isn't it sad that the National Museum doesn't seem to have it's own domain and seems to just be squatting on Tripod?)


Ian said...

This a nice closer look at Manila. Although technically I'm not a Manila resident (I reside in Quezon City) almost everday of the week when I was still studying in De La Salle University Manila I would go by Quezon Avenue and Taft Avenue. Going to school I could see Intramuros on the right, but going through the underpass out Taft Avenue lies the National Museum and Rizal Park. So everyday its like a historical stroll for me.

Urbano dela Cruz said...

there are a number of historic buildings along your route. taft avenue has a number of gems. too bad most of them are not kept in good condition.

you should try exploring the areas around DLSU - between taft and SLEX -the Vito Cruz area has a lot of early 1900s late 1800s structures.

Pasay, between Buendia and Vito Cruz, has a lot of old stock -but they are hidden behind high walls.

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