We were given the afternoon to explore and research the changing identity of Dundee.
An obvious place to start was the developing waterfront which will hopefully bring more tourists to the city and improve the cultural links and status of the city. I found the stretch along the waterfront an in interesting mix of scrub land, industrial sites criss-crossed with constriction barriers, green spaces, new blocks of buildings, squares
of manicured grass and glued down gravel. Being new to Dundee myself I had a rather positive view of the V&A being built. From what I gathered speaking to locals in Dundee, I generally share the view of tourists, outsiders and the middle/upper classes. In theory, the V&A will bring more culture, tourists and money to Dundee however I also spoke to people with differing opinions that hadn’t really occurred to me before. Some people believe that the vast amounts of money spent to building the new museum/gallery could be better spent on improving local facilities for the next generation and actually give something back to the people of Dundee. The redeveloped waterfront can easily be considered as a sticking plaster to hide a problem, a little strip of Dundee, perfected to show the world when all you have to do is walk a few minutes up the hill, past the shopping centres, to find the old and often crumbling streets of old Dundee. As with any large invading company, people also fear that local galleries and small art enterprises will not be able to compete.