It was a joy to be at the opening of the St Andrews Square Garden today. After 230 plus years this piece of green space is now open to the public allowing Edinburgh loosens her corsets a wee bit more. Its bizarre to think that such spaces were once exclusive and even more so that there still remains huge swathes of space still kept private. But one step at a time.
It's taken 5 years, (that's the subliminal message to say that we started this process, beginning as it did from an idea from Donald Anderson and a few others that pedestrians should be able to walk in a straight line from George Street through to Multrees Walk, the first new street in the city centre for many years!), to get the 20 plus owners, ( and their lawyers), to agree to open it up but today was good progress. There will be much more to come but that's for another day, today was just about the open gate and the people getting back a wee bit of their city
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