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New Construction on via Marina
the most blighted areas of Naples for many decades
has been along via Marina, the east-west road that
runs the length of the port of Naples from the
passenger terminals in front of Piazza Municipio and
the Maschio Angioino
(Angevin Fortress) for about a mile and a half all
the way to the industrial port at the other end.
Along its length, via Marina passes (at about the half-way point) the historic Carmine Church and the adjacent Piazza Mercato (Market Square), both of which for many centuries were central to the social and commercial life of the city.
is changing. Today, if you start at the passenger
terminals at the west end of the port and walk or
drive east along via Marina, the immediate
impression is of new buildings and ongoing
construction picking its way east, bit by bit, to
fill in the holes left by over a century of decay.
There are new office buildings, banks, and even
two new university buildings. Much of this has
taken place over the last 10 years. It is now fair
to say that at least the first section of via
Marina, from the passenger terminals to Piazza
Mercato, has had a solid make-over. As is usual in
all Neapolitan architecture, you get a mish-mash.
Some of it I like, some I don't, but it is all
better than what was there before.