Thanks to Luke Fallon for these images, all taken on Thursday at Moore Street. These were taken in the very early stages of the occupation.
We went down to Moore Street ourselves to have a look at what was taking place. I fully support the idea of a 1916 interpretive centre on Moore Street, however the ambiguous nature of the plans for the street beyond it worries me greatly, and it seems the government is colluding with a disgraced developer to the potential detriment of the streetscape. While we have a ‘national monument’ of four buildings, the entire area has historic significance that has to be considered. Regardless of your views on the future of the street, it’s quite telling and damning that the authorities have sat on this for so long, and allowed history to crumble. It’s like people were surprised when 2016 finally came around.
Lastly, while walking down Moore Street today I heard a conversation between two people who were lamenting the way the street has gone in recent times, and laying the blame firmly at the feet of the migrants who are there today. To me, they are the saviours of the street, along with the traders who have been there for generations. Were it not for them, I have no doubt the wrecking ball would have moved in long ago. It is not only its history that makes Moore Street what it is, it is also its diversity.