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It’s certainly worth a trip to Gdansk, I was there last October. The restorations are mostly 50+ years-old now and look as ‘authentic’ as you’ll get (the main street in particular is as good as any in Europe). Interestingly, at least 50% of the old centre is unrestored and the restorers did not reinstate the ‘service lanes’ behind the grand city houses ( they are now mostly parking areas and nondescript open space). So Gdansk can cash in on its heritage even more than it has. (And the people are courteous and are not falling dead drunk all over the place, as in Ireland and GB.)
There are areas where restoration and even ‘pastiche’ are not just acceptable, but probably the best option – Thomas St and Newmarket are two of them.

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