Walking through a familiar place in Edinburgh, and crossing a busy noisy junction with cars and buses hurtling past, I spotted signs on a building which I had never noticed before…!
One of the signs on the right side of the building says Guse Dub. It refers to when there was a Goose Pond at this location in 1715, which was mentioned by Sir Walter Scott in an account of his child hood memories.
I paused and realised there was another sign, Transforming a Place, on the left side of the building. It relates to a project from 2007-2009, as part of the Six Cities Design Festival. One element of the design festival was a place making process for this location, with a series of design workshops which explored the history of the site and its potential future uses and appearance. The sign has been set up by The Causey Development Trust who are trying to reclaim from the traffic this small urban historic space in Edinburgh for the people: Transforming a Place.
It will be interesting to see if the work of The Causey Development Trust transforms this place for people as opposed to cars….!