Some gloomy photos for the last two weeks.
First, locally flavoured. Hans Christian Andersen would be obvious but too easy and in any event he left the place as soon as possible.
A brunsviger cake? Could do, but I’m not that much of a baker.
Then there is the gloomy side of Odense – it is after Copenhagen and Århus the third largest city in Denmark but the city centre has had problems in all the six years I have lived here.
This shop is right across the town hall on the main shopping street – and it has been empty for over a year now. So the local flavour is a mixed one – big projects and a weak economy (even if this is definitively not Detroit)
By the way: The reflections in the windows are from the tourist office!
And it gets worse:
The theme this week is “accident”
In 1999, the German cinema chain CinemaXx decided to build a second multiplex in central Odense (CinemaXx already had a multiplex in Rosengårdcentret, a shopping mall some 5 kilometres from the city centre – the city centre had and has a multiplex run by Nordisk Film as well as an art cinema). The idea was to combine the multiplex with a fitness centre and shops and the proud structure opened its doors in late 2000.
Only to close eight months later as a complete economic disaster.
And so the building – in the middle of a major city – has been standing empty since 2001. As the structure has become more and more derelict, the issue has been what to replace it with. Ideas have come and gone but finally it has been sold and is to be demolished and replaced by a supermarket.
The demolition is planned to be finished by the autumn of 2013.