The Radar: Skyscraper Threatens City’s World Heritage Status, Puerto Rico’s Underground Caves, New National Monument

  • Current construction of a new skyscraper is threatening the World Heritage status of the historic Spanish city of Seville. A UNESCO delegation went to investigate the building site and expressed concern that the new structure will detract from the city’s cathedral, royal palace, and other historic buildings. [Tour Expi]
  • Visitors to Puerto Rico can explore a network of more than 220 underground caves, spanning 286 acres below ground. The Cavernas del Rio Camuy is said to be the third largest cave network in the world. [BBC]
  • President Obama invoked the Antiquities Act to officially designate Fort Monroe, in Hampton, Virginia, as a national monument. Fort Monroe is the 396th park in the U.S. system. [Gadling]

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  1. Sheri Bailey
    Portsmouth, VA
    November 23, 2011, 7:49 am

    President Obama THINKS that by signing the Antiquities Act bill he has insured that Fort Monroe’s history will be preserved for future generations. He’ll find out differently in a couple of years when he comes to visit and finds a sea of expensive condos rather than a Historic Quadrangle that includes Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown and Fort Monroe set up to tell the complete story of how and where the American Dream was first realized for ALL.

  2. Steven T. Corneliussen
    Poquoson, Virginia
    November 22, 2011, 3:08 pm

    The president did _not_ designate Fort Monroe a national monument. He only so designated the parts of it that no one ever intended to ruin anyway. In Tidewater, many of us have been struggling for six years to save this national treasure with international significance in the history of liberty itself. For more, please see my comment at the Fort Monroe article itself, linked from above on this page. Thanks.
    Steven T. Corneliussen,