While nobody objects to the improvements in communications infrastructure in Fez, there are questions being asked about the suitability of the placement and the design of the latest erection
'It's a monstrous eyesore", says Hamid, a local shop owner. 'It doesn't respect the surrounding Medina," says his friend Mustapha, a traditional stonemason.
The tower in question has just been erected in R'cif and though technically outside the Medina by a few metres, it certainly dominates the skyline.
|Two engineers working at the top of the massive tower|
It is not the only tower in the area, but the one a hundred metres away above the old Cinema Amal is less intrusive.
|The cellphone array above Cinema Amal|
There are alternative ways to disguise cellphone towers, but given the scale of the R'cif tower, it is hard to imagine a lone palm tree tower looking much better!
|Not a viable alternative for R'cif|
The entire area around R'cif is undergoing renovation, restoration and improvement. The finished work will certainly improve this important entrance to the Fez Medina. It would be a pity if intrusions like this latest tower detract from the good work being done in the area.