Sunday, 15 February 2009

New suburbs of Nowa Iwiczna

I strolled south today, to see how Nowa Iwiczna's new developments are coming on. Where once were gaps and shortcuts between houses, now the interstices have filled in. My walk home was frustrated by getting to the end of several cul de sacs that once had informal footpaths at the end of them; I had to turn around and backtrack, not something I enjoy doing. In other words, housing density is high, and there's plenty of development still taking place despite the economic slowdown. Below: How muddy would you like your street? This is the western end of ul. Przebiśniegów ('Snowdrop Street'). A quick look on Google Earth shows nothing here, yet currently there's new construction aplenty, and the trucks that will turn unasphalted roads to quagmire.

Nowa Iwiczna's southern border is demarcated by the railway line running to Siekierki power station (across the tracks is Stara Iwiczna). This unelectrified line is freight-only, which swings left away from the main Warsaw-Radom railway just beyond Nowa Iwiczna station. Below: the rear of an empty coal train running back to the sidings at Okęcie. To the right, an orchard.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice site - all the great pictures add a lot. My family visited Poland last fall and I was surprised at how prosperous it looked. I can't believe unemployment is 9%, I bet everyone is working "off the books." Lots of housing being built. Polish spelling and pronunciation don't seem in sync, however :)

Michael Dembinski said...

Poland's unemployment has just jumped to 10.5%, however the national figure does not paint an accurate picture. The big cities (Warsaw, Katowice, Poznań, Kraków, Wrocław, the TriCity), have unemployment between 2% and 4%, while in small town and rural Poland, districts (powiaty) with unemployment of 20% or even 30% are not uncommon.

Anonymous said...

As an inhabitant of Nowa Iwiczna I have to admit I'm just impressed. I came across your blog accidentally, as I was searching for the photos of my neighbourhood. You deserve to be called a local patriot, that's a great pity that so few people can reach (due to the language bareer) your blog, but I'm sure I'm not the one who missed such depiction of Warsaw's south suburb. I hope to see your next photos and comments on Nowa Iwiczna where I live (Mleczarska street - east border of the village). I walk sometimes along the railway between Nowa Iwiczna and Jeziorki, where the aforementioned "rampa" used to be, some maybe one day, by chance we meet. Thanks once again for giving me the opportunity to see Poland in the eyes of foreigner. If you feel like, visit my blog: http://student-sgh.blogspot.com/. I bring up economic, political and social issues, write both in English and Polish. As its name implies, I study at Warsaw School of Economics. Greetings, Bartek