Boadilla Del Monte - Where the Streets Have No Name
Boadilla Del Monte - where the streets have no name.
And they have no houses either.
And this situation is likely to remain for some time.
Here one hears only a whisper of what might be one day.
And far from being a ghost town, this is a town waiting for ghosts to inhabit it.
Circuits have been laid out - i.e. sewers, water for fire engines and cables.
But there is no circuitry, no current, no circulation.
Zebra crossings to aid people across roads which no cars roll down.
Park benches designed to encourage social gatherings are choked by long grasses and mired in muddy puddles.
Bins still not yet unwrapped.
Heavy investment in road building during the 1990s led to a growth in the building of commuter settlements outside of Madrid, Boadilla being one of them.
This building was fuelled by rising house prices and the prospects of large profit margins.
But the housing bubble burst in late 2000's.
This meant that several developments had to be shelved.
Around Madrid one can see the empty shells of suburbs - waiting to be lived in.
But it is only the idle imagination of people sat in the back of cars which whizz along the roads which tangentially caress these developments, that momentarily inhabits the streets.
There is something irresistably spooky and haunting about these places.
Its as if something very precious and dear had been wiped off the face off the planet.