Rīgas HES or Hidroelektrostacija (Hydroelectric Power Plant) was built in 1974 on Daugava river next to city border. Its dam holds a large amount of water behind it.
The plant serves also as bridge and connects Kekava town to Dole island, Zirnu island and Salaspils town.
Coming back from Vilnius to Riga I see a huge progress of new developments around the city, including this new overpass next to Z-Towers, between Zunda river and Martin Cemetery and over Daugavgrivas iela.
Does anybody know where it is possible to see the final presentation of this road completed?
Last weekend Riga officially became 1 year older, and its technical age is 810 years!
A massive celebration was held around the city 3 days in a row. Many subevents, like medieval fights, air show and of course fireworks could be observed in Riga these days.
I would like to continue my tradition and provide here some numbers to describe Riga's "growth".
The city mayor is still Nil Ushakov, but according current tendency, soon there will be no city, but just a settlement.
During the last year Riga population went down from 709,145 to 706,413 residents (-2,732); simple calculation still proves that after a couple of years Riga will have less than 700,000 residents.
Riga region population (including other cities) is 1,098,523. No changes because of new expanded borders.
I really don't understand how, but the picture of Latvia population is getting better. The growth is +27,388 or +1,23% of people (from 2,217,969 to 2,245,357)
Check also stats for 2009 and 2010.
Perfect night photo is traditionally provided by F64.
This creative picture was found on Riga's future development website, and I couldn't resist not to publish it, because this futuristic view of Riga is so intriguing! :)
I hope Latvijas Tilti will do their job fast and without scandals like it did happen with Sothern Bridge.
Zemitānu tilts is a bridge connecting Center and Purvciems over Zemitanu Railway Station. It was opened in 1985 under the name of Soviet communist Otomārs Oškalns. Although since 1991 it is holding the current name of the small Latvian village next to Lithuanian border. According Riga development plan Oškalnu tilts was supposed to have tramways, but it is still not realised.
Ķīpsala Tunnel is connecting two parts of Kipsala island-neighborhood through Vansu Bridge. The tunnel is city-wide famous for its rich graffiti collection. See the photo collection of tunnel graffiti.
I must say thanks to all of you, my visitors. And say special thanks to the following guys:
Angela from Australia
Toby from Indiana
Juan from Spain
Kim from Scotland
Martine from France
A C Johnson from England
Raffaele from Italy
Line from Denmark
Roman from North Carolina
Andreas from Germany (the largest contribution)
Petteri from Finland
These fellas helped me to buy Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS aka IXUS 300HS, which is the best pocket camera in the world at the moment. Unfortunately it is the most expensive as well :) In any case your donations were the best feedback for my 3 years long project Riga Photos!
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A couple months ago, when I discovered that Stone Bridge has lost its massive chandeliers, I thought that Riga mayor will replace them to some more modern lamps. Although chandeliers were just polished before City Festival, which will be held upcoming weekend.
It is another nice photo taken from Swedbank office during Riga Smog in the end of January. On the photo it is clearly visible that smog was at level of 50 meters, basically the middle of Shroud Bridge
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