NT2573 : Public shelter, Princes Street Gardens

taken 9 years ago, near to Edinburgh, Great Britain

Public shelter, Princes Street Gardens
Public shelter, Princes Street Gardens
These shelters on the upper-level public footpath through the Gardens date from 1950, the period of post-war austerity. They are not pretty, but neither are they obtrusive. In the 1990s, when out-of-town retail parks were having an increasingly negative impact on the takings of city-centre retailers, a plan was proposed to tunnel through from the basements of the big Princes Street stores to create new shop fronts along the length of the pathway. So, instead of remaining a pleasant recreational facility for leisurely strollers, it was intended to become thronged with window-shoppers seeking the latest bargains. Since this hasn't happened, I assume that the Crown Commissioners blocked the proposal. In social conversation with a partner of a well-known Edinburgh solicitors' firm acting on behalf of Princes Street clients, I shook my head on hearing of the plan and commented, "I don't know if that would be such a good idea". This earned the rebuke, "It's people like you who hold up the progress of this town". Good!
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Monday, 8 June, 2009   (more nearby)
Sunday, 11 October, 2009
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 252 737 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:57.0672N 3:11.9351W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 252 737
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