So from 80,000 to 10,000 - that's a drop, not such a "best foot" but a little toe this year - hardly surprising really!!
Excellent decision of the Town Hall, in my opinion. Hard times, so putting its best foot forward means exactly this.
Thanks for the info, Benny.
I agree wholeheartedly with Ati.
Benny, 1 flower, 100 flowers or 10,000 flowers.... Malaga is beautiful and I wish I were there now! Thanks for sharing.
Could be only 9,999 now, one just appeared in our lounge.
Ian yours is probably an M&S Poinsettia. Talking of which M&S had some lovely ones the other day when I was in. Sensible decision Málaga.
We will be putting our best foot forward tomorrow when we land in Malaga. Looking forward to another brilliant pre Christmas weekend there ! Thought the city, lights and yes the 'poinsettias' looked great last year and bonus this year is they are switching the lights on while we are there! Timing is perfect as the cold snap bites in over here in the UK.
The argument is that it is good for shopping and tourism (as if that doesn`t matter in Zaragoza or Valencia) but the shops contribute little extra and the tourism in early December is at its lowest. Lets face it the lights are for Malaguenos and if a few tourists enjoy them too all to the good.
I am looking forward to seeing them. I always think they make Regent Street look like they have popped out to IKEA for light bulb.Edited: 29 November 2012, 23:27
while I fully agree that in these harsh times we could probably look for other ways to spend the money, we should take into account that those 534,000 are exclusively paid by Málaga City taxpayers and not a dime comes from state or regional tax redistribution programs which cause so much concern nowadays in this country (a very different story are the funds which are transferred to the regional government!).
The ruling party in Málaga's Town Hall wins election after election, so my bet is that Málaga taxpayers are happy with this admittedly over the top expenditures in Christmas decorations (yes, other cities look like they bought their decorations in Ikea, I like that comparison :) )
And the truth be told thousands of Malagueños (me included, dear wife has instructed me) will head this afternoon to the centre to see the lights. You are completely right that the lights are there for the citizens of Málaga to see: they paid for them, after all!
We have the same problems in Leeds. In addition to great christmas lights we also stage the largest Christkindelmarkt - German Christmas market which is supposed to be the largest and most traditional German market held on the u.k. runs (9th Nov to 16th dec)
I live 22km from the centre, the lights run from the centre pass my house.
Local authority has had to save £90 million on this years budget, locals are trying to find out using the Freedom of Information Act 2000 the true costs. Have to say I think the city looks fantastic at night and if the snow forecast for tonight occurs will look even better.
Spend 2 hours walking my 30 month old grandaughter round last night, unfortunately my legs ran out after about 5 miles of walking.