The very word “development” fills one with misgivings where and when big money is invested in a scheme to uplift a utilitarian area such as an old harbour with nothing more than a slip-way for small fishing boats, an abalone breeding factory, a row of funky shops and run-of-the-mill eateries to service the tourist trade in the summer season.
As a matter of course, structures grown and kept alive over many years, familiarities, individual quirks and quaintnesses are changed if not destroyed – all with good intentions, yet, no architect or town planner can put back the patina of things, their quality of touch to the eye, their shine and good feel. New developments tend to be straight with hard edges. Add to that the often drastic increases in rent to follow which will drive out some if not most of the old shop-owners and you have the perfect recipe for economic growth and loss of quality of life.
We will follow the “development” of the Kleinmond harbour and will report back. For now, a few pics of how it looks presently, all dug up.
With love from
Colleen & Walter
Betty’s Bay, Sunday 10 July, 2011