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Thursday, March 30, 2006

The times, they are a changin…

Seems like the place I live in has changed while I was’nt looking.

We went into the city yesterday, the majority of it has changed to the point where I, a dubliner who spent a lot of time working in said city, actually had to “look for landmarks!”.

Its very strange, the city I knew, the old market stalls and cobblestones, is now 90% shiny glass and metal.
Is this progression or just the loss of everything that represented “Dublin” to locals and travellers alike?

Normally, I love anything that is new and innovative, but this just made me realise that when it comes to “urban refurbishment” there should maybe be limits set that incorporate the emotional as well as the aesthetic.

I can quite honestly say, moving around the city yesterday, fun as it was (and it WAS fun), was an experience its gonna take me time to get used to. From the Spire to the millenium bridge and all inbetween. We seem to have taken all the new elements of a city like London, and squashed them into Dublin, but it seems we needed to get rid of more of the classic to incorporate the “modern”.

The sights (and definitely the smells ;) ) of Moore St. luckilly are still there, even though the old stores behind the stalls are now either chinese food speciality stores or stores where you go to be entertained by various forms of “erotic” videos etc.

When I was younger I would never have thought I’d say this, but I actually miss Dublin.

posted by Barry at 3:35 am  

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