Thursday, 3 October 2013

Edinburgh's West End

I wont go on about the trams as there really is little left to be said about the farce. What is interesting is the associated works that are starting to be completed. One such place is the west end where a fairly large pedestrian island was recently opened to the public. It is an extremely prominent city centre area with stunning views of the castle, St. John's, St Cuthbert's, Princes Street and Princes Street Gardens. You could argue it is in fact, the centre of the city.

Such an ideally situated site offers up a dream opportunity for public interaction and recreation. It was one of the few sites in a UNESCO world heritage city where something bold and new could take place. Edinburgh is crying out for a sprinkling of contemporary architecture amongst its historical prowess. Or how about a small Oasis in the middle of a bustling part of town? A public space for pop-up events. Instead, what we get is another festival square. Hardscaped to the point of hurting you, the best the council could muster was a couple of large plant boxes. Its depressing and boring and a missed opportunity for something exciting. I really do hope the tram is worth it!


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