One side of the "Hungarian Broadway" has already been renovated and closed to normal traffic. The wide section housing the Operetta and Moulin Rouge was re-paved, re-planted and restricted to just buses and taxis a couple of years ago.
It seems that the same sort of operation will be carried out on the small section of Nagymező that's home to another theatre, Két Szerecsen and my old greengrocers on the other side of Andrassy.
That section of road has been closed since the end of last year and they have dug up all the pavements which must be a real pain for the businesses there. I took a closer look at the sign the construction company has erected and saw that they will be building yet another underground car park.
There's loads of underground car parks now throughout the city and I like the idea that you can still park your car somewhere relatively safe without the need for ugly multi-storey car parks.
I just hope it won't go the way of Moscow where they worry about the whole place collapsing into the chasms underneath. I guess Budapest has been dealing with that problem for a while in the Castle District.
I'm sure that it'll make Nagymező a nicer place to be and will hopefully extend the pavements so that the pubs, cafes and restaurants can creep out with their tables. I'm not sure if I believe the fantasy pictures on the website of Murus the construction company. For one thing, they seem to have omitted all other buildings and placed the skyline at street-level.
Oh well, we'll have to wait and see. It's going to be pretty messy there until they finish in the middle of 2008.
Link to more info on car parks in Hungary
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