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Published on Jul 23, 2009
Of all the city renewal projects of recent years, this is my favourite.
Smithfield Square has been transformed from an urban wasteland into a rather elegant urban space.
The keynote features are the elevated lighting towers. Styled on the sails of a ship, they are rather beautiful when seen on a misty winter night. Even more so when the gas burners that site atop them are lit up. (Unfortunately, this does not happen as much anymore due to greenhouse gas issues. Maybe a switch to ethanol is needed?)
So far, so good, so gentrified.
Keeping it real, is the monthly Horse Market. On the first Sunday of each month young lads from the suburbs ride their ponies into town to trade, to consult the blacksmith (in the back of his hi-ace van) and buy bridles and other gear.
There were plans to move the market out, but I hope it remains where it is.