“Thank god that it now appears that the Liverpool Culture Company have seen some sense and decided not to board up the Banksy Rat that is spray-painted on the abandoned White Horse pub on Berry Street.
After a bizarre sequence of events that at one point planned to merely conceal half of the famous graffiti artistâ€™s work, the Company have succumbed to public response and decided to restore it instead. Surely the previously planned action would have achieved nothing; the rat would still have been visible and as a result the building would look even more like what has been termed a â€˜grot spotâ€™. However, this is just one example of the bodged-up manner in which Liverpool is being changed to fit in with its Capital of Culture status.
You need only look over the road to see another, with glitzy new Chinese-style boards drawing attention to the cityâ€™s standing adorning the windows of another long-term derelict building. This superficial change is the kind of transformation that resembles that of a student clearing up their house before their landlord comes for a visit, putting cushions over the stains on the sofa.
This should not be the type of regeneration incorporated by a city that hopes to gain a higher-profile. I also hope that the Culture Company have got better things to spend their money on; this funding should be directed at communities that will benefit from it, those that are often left behind the scenes of the media attention going on in the centre.”
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