A New Way to Check Out Baku
Bakı is quite different from the rest of Azerbaijan. I cannot stress that enough. And I’ve come across a great way to show you the kinds of things that go on in the oil-soaked Bakı that don’t really stretch out to the regions. Lənkəran, while a nice, quiet city, doesn’t have anything approaching this. Gəncə, too, while sharing in the benefits of being the second-largest city in Azerbaijan, doesn’t come close to the scale that Bakı is operating at.
The website is a project by the city government of Bakı and various architecture and engineering firms. Baku White City seems to be quite the dream as you stroll through the galleries of pictures and master plans. While those all look very shiny and mod and hip, it’s important to remember that this is an overcrowded city that for the last 10 years has been sprawling over the hills that surround the Baku Bay. And while things look very nice in these pictures, where the Azerbaijani government is looking to attract high-rolling tourists, there is an entire different side of Bakı where a lot of help is needed and where the concept of “city planning” doesn’t exist.
Interestingly, a news story singing the praises of the project notes how popular the website has been since June. Apparently the site has garnered more than 5,000 pageviews, more than a 1,000 in the last month. Just for comparison’s sake, I’ll point out that my own website, this blog, has hit over 1,000 pageviews per month for eight months in a row (thanks to you!) If they are considering this success, then it sounds like I’m already on easy street.
In any case, it’s an interesting way to check out various parts of the city, so click on through and check out the futuristic shiny mod that is taking over Baku.