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Fionola Meredith: It's time to breathe new life into Belfast

"encouraging old neighbourhoods to be involved in rebuilding and retaining their distinctive character is vital, too." Be careful what you wish for, Fionola.

NPN



"Belfast has always been a city of many contradictory faces: devout and profane, prosperous and impoverished, self-vaunting and self-loathing, brutal and kind." So it's exactly the same as pretty much every other city in the Western world then.

Darwin is God

We never learn any lessons. I was in the amazing T2 terminal at Dublin Airport recently and this shows what can be achieved when you invest in your future. The express bus from Belfast to Dublin was full. The one going to Belfast International had one passenger on it. People vote with their feet.

Dracula

"We need to re-imagine an alternative Belfast - an intact city, not a fractured one." To do that we need to become a more integrated society first.

Robinstp

Fionola: the main reason why planning in Belfast is so poor is because Northern Ireland didn't get a comprehensive planning system until 1972 - more than 25 years after the rest of GB.

Angry_Planner

I have always been of the impression that the Laganside area would have been better used as a much greener area with more leafy river walks, benches and the odd cafe or market stand. It's kind of lost potential at present, with all the red-brick social housing and wasteland along the river.

Pamela_NI

Belfast is slowly, but surely, turning into a real dump. The city centre is filled with boarded-up old buildings and even more boarded-up new ones.

On the outskirts, the huge paramilitary-run estates like Braniel, Clarawood, Ballybeen, Poleglass and Rathcoole are sucking the life out of the poor sods who live in them.

Paul1157

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