Re: Re: Cork Street Ghetto

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Frank Taylor

@Graham Hickey wrote:

I found it interesting that out of all development in the area, despite the negative associations St Theresa’s Gardens is one of the most attractive residential schemes you came come across in Dublin, made up of rows and rows of elegant wine-red blocks geometrically sited on green lawns flanking the canal – all marching into the distance.

St Teresa’s Gardens is off Donore Avenue and not by the canal. Are you thinking of The Dolphin House flats in Dolphins Barn?

St Teresa’s Gardens

I’ve passed this development for many years now and have always admired it, though admittedly never been inside – must go in some time.
What is striking is how exclusive and po-faced this scheme could be in the hands of a developer, even with the same architecture – ‘waterside setting’ ‘nestling on a mature site’ ‘manicured lawns and walks’ ‘tens minutes from the city centre’ etc etc.

The buildings lived in by the poor become associated with their poverty in the mind of the public. Eventually people see some kind of causal relationship between the architecture and the poverty. At some point the building is knocked down by the city, and the residents rehoused in another style of building, in the hope this will cure their poverty. Rich people sometimes move into their abandoned poverty blocks which then gain associations with being chic. eg Yuppies living in Trellick tower, the many poorhouses and orphanages in London now converted to loft apartments etc.

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