In the knowledge society one should be able to find the information one needs. Alas, only if one has unlimited time. Otherwise, a blogger is liable to succumb to apoplexy and despair with the result that she may write a post based on inaccurate or insufficient information.
Dear reader, that may have happened on 9th June when we wrote about diversions.
Then yesterday came, and the celebration known as Helsinki Day, a carneval on which the weather-gods bestowed the best they have! Many of us did, as the poster promised, indeed party and many were charmed. (Meanwhile Jonathan Glancey’s welcome plea to our city not to “spoil itself” was also published yesterday in The Usual. We here were particularly gratified by his love of the buildings that “grow out of Helsinki’s ground” and his disdain for the parachuted offensiveness that is Eiranranta. So offensive is it, in fact, that we only have ancient photos of it, here).
We digress, as usual. The point of this post was to be that we were (possibly) wrong in our rant of last week, about trams, tourism-directed “regeneration” and the corruption of Helsinki’s Senate Square by 21st century luxury tat. We wrote that the original proposals for turning the old streets, like Katariinankatu, into shopping heavens with big windows, shop doors and massively high rents and making Helsinki’s tram network vulnerable in the process, were going to be pushed through.
As it turns out, well… WE DO NOT KNOW. We tried to find out, without spending hours or phoning anyone up (the internet after all should make that kind of inter-personal contact unnecessary), but we STILL DO NOT KNOW FOR SURE. Some info in Finnish, here, as in, “Helsinki at last to have a live(ly) old centre”.
What we do know is that the ever-narrowing repertoire of Helsinki’s economy will still be on show and on sale here: