Re: Is that why...
Posted by Ashe Von Darquestar on 9/14/2006, 10:52 pm, in reply to "Re: Is that why..."
My apologies for America(ns) turning your townes into construction paper rubbish. The same happens here with the taste for pseudo-Euro flair in coffeehouses and whatnot.
Your towne counsel sounds A LOT like our city hall. It's all about the yuppie madness of the mighty currency. They take away a place with perfect character and leave it with little taste.
: Well..Actually a lot of European towns do look
: like that.
: But there is a big difference between small
: houses and narrow streets, inhabited by real
: people, mostly those who don't have too much
: money. I'm not saying that living in those
: small cold and damp houses was a good thing,
: there was a lot of poverty there, but those
: places were alive. People knew each other
: and were helping each other.
: Now they have been renovated (sp?), the poor
: have been kicked out, and sent to some
: surburban concrete, and the houses they used
: to live in, have been painted in the right
: colours and filled with all kinds of luxury,
: and are being turned into fashionable
: places, rich people will pay insane amounts
: of money for.
: And nothing really lives there anymore.
: Admitted, there are no streetwalkers
: anymore, there are no junkies in the gutter
: or drunks pissing in the corners; but there
: are no students writing poetry in their cold
: chambers either, no revolutionary groups
: plotting for a new society, no friendliness.
: People giving the streetwalker a hot cup of
: coffe, the junkie a buck or let the drunk
: watch the perambulator while you do your
: shopping at the local merchant store. There
: ARE no stores, only those selling souvenirs.
: They are everywhere.
: It would have been great if the town council
: had made the places better to live in, for
: those who already lived there, but to kick
: them out and turn these quarters into a
: mockery of what they once were, really makes
: me angry.
: I can't really say Hollywood sets me up. I
: think here in Europe most people still think
: of Hollywood as a glamorrous place. I don't
: know enough about it, to really have an
: Besides I think Europe soon will be more
: American than America itself. As long it is
: American, it is cool.
: --Previous Message--
: It's not their fault though, it's the city
: council, who has turned the beauty of my
: birth town into a sugar coated version of an
: Andersen fairytale.
: ...whenever I see postcards or tourist
: pictures of Europe I half-expect to see the
: Pied Piper or Hansel and Gretal skipping
: merrily through the streets? I'd be pretty
: pissed too, if someone did that to my
: hometown. Got a question for you...what
: upsets you more:Town Council or Hollywood?
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