Wednesday, November 21, 2012

You’ll always end up in this city

Yesterday I listened to a discussion about the city of Helsinki, how it is changing. It used to be so that from each part of Helsinki there were places where you had a view to other parts, so that in a way the different parts of the city communicated with each other. But now these avenues of vision are being closed with buildings, so that the city is becoming less open and closed within.

While standing on the steps of the parliament building today I saw that this is indeed the case. Sad to see the essential character of a city to be destroyed in such a manner.

(Posting title is from the poem The City by C. P. Cavafy, translated by Edmund Keeley And Philip Sherrard.)

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