At around this time of year I used to go out with a video camera and a blank diary and film a little ‘Day in the Life of Titanic Quarter’ as a way of noticing the changes year by year – a little bit like this:
One sign of how much things have changed since my last Day in the Life vid is that the very idea of a free day with a blank diary is now a distant memory! – so, apologies, the little video diaries haven’t happened (yet) for 2015.
But one change I have DEFINITELY noticed – recently I was sorting through some old photos and I found a few pictures of the ARC apartments in November 2009, just as The Dock project was born.
Little could I ever have guessed when these photos were taken – and I wouldn’t have believed it if you’d told me – that the retail areas under construction in these pics would one day become a thriving hub of life and laughter, wee chats, work outings, birthday parties, knitting circles, cycling clubs, book groups, quiet moments, and all the beautiful messy joy of life that we experience in our wonderful blessed cafe every day:
Much as those videos were great for celebrating the physical changes, the new buildings and developments and sweeping visionary architecture, it’s the personal stories that we’re celebrating now. New faces, friendships, connections and communities – growing not just year by year but day by day.