In Dublin they have something that I have never seen in another capital city: derelict buildings in the middle of town.
In a city where property prices are going ape-shit insane, how can there be buildings quite literally smack in the centre of the city that are boarded up and empty? It boggles the mind.
In Stockholm, and probably most other cities these places would be snapped up and either tastily renovated or else levelled to make make way for nasty modern apartments. Can there really be an economic advantage to having prime property not in use?
And, at the same time, there is a building boom in Ireland. You cannot get hold of a builder these days unless you promise him a wad of cash and a blow-job, while 220,000 houses and apartments in the country lie vacant. The whole thing stinks of cash in unmarked brown envelopes.
It was this way in Dublin when I lived there in the early 90s, but I thought with all the cash floating about these days, it would have changed. But no.
This situation has also caught the attention of a few bloggers, one of whom is making a little photo collection of derelict buildings in Dublin. Worth a look. And a ponder.