Redevelopment done right?
Gentrification doesn’t need to be all bad – it’s just that there’s a high F-up rate when money gets in the way of quality and amenity.
In the case of the Rotermann Quarter, I think they’ve done an awesome job.
The Rotermann Quarter, located in the heart of Tallinn between the Old Town, the port, and Viru Square, sits in a historically important area – the crossing point of the Tartu, Narva and Pärnu highways was at Viru Square in the 19th century, which is also the official centre of Tallinn. The Rotermann Quarter has almost as many historically valuable buildings as the Old Town of Tallinn.
And it isn’t even finished yet. There is still more work to be done (hopefully it’s going to be done?) with some of the old buildings that still remain untouched.
Either way, in its present form it’s still very cool, with a fairly muted, unpretentious vibe; though come summer it will be bustling. Can’t wait.
Who else is parched?