Valletta – a community in its death throes?
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Valletta – a community in its death throes?

Demolition of City Gate, May 2011. Photos: David Pisani As smaller businesses make way for a parade of homogenous bars, and the original community continues to dwindle, Ramona Depares asks whether the soul of our capital city has been sold off together with the development permits. In December 2016, when the drive towards creating new business opportunities in Malta’s capital showed every sign of steady increase, a government strategy was launched to ensure that Valletta retained the image and identity that had made it deserving of the much-coveted UNESCO World Heritage title. St Ursola Street, October 1995. The strategy was intended to kickstart a process of social regeneration that would encourage people to live in Valletta. But, as the centre of the city continues to be taken over by a parade of homogenous bars and restaurants, residents are complaining that two years down the line the strategy has failed in achieving its goal, and that the community spirit is being eradicated. It is difficult to fault the naysayers. Writing as someone who has lived both sides of the coin – I was born and raised in Valletta and, to a limited extent, I also appreciate the new life the […]

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