Business slowly reclaiming Belfast’s (formerly) ‘rotten core’…

‘Capital is a coward’ was one of Dean Pittman’s (the former US Consul to Belfast) favourite quotes, when speaking of the importance of civic peace to private prosperity. Conall McDevitt blogs on his company’s move into the centre of Belfast after more than twenty years of clinging to the relative safety of the periphery in East Belfast…

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  • Sean

    If capital is a coward
    then opportunity is a brave man indeed

  • Ahem

    Capital – given the number of businessmen murdered by the Provos over the years – was also frequently a target and victim.

  • city centre manager

    “rotten core…”!!

    Did the Conservative Lord Gummer and his company make a deliberate decision to locate in East Belfast to avoid this “rotten core”? Strange it has taken so long to move into the city centre…..13 years after the ceasefires!! Lack of confidence in the peace process????

    Me thinks, cost was more the issue!!

    Never mind….dress it up, like it was a vote of confidence in “new belfast”, and all of us “starry eyed young socialists” wont notice. Thats PR…!!

  • The Ghost of John Nixon

    What’s someone with a name like Conall McDevitt doing working in east Belfast anyway?

  • snakebrain

    “rotten core…”!!

    Did the Conservative Lord Gummer and his company make a deliberate decision to locate in East Belfast to avoid this “rotten core”? Strange it has taken so long to move into the city centre…..13 years after the ceasefires!! Lack of confidence in the peace process????

    Me thinks, cost was more the issue!!

    Never mind….dress it up, like it was a vote of confidence in “new belfast”, and all of us “starry eyed young socialists” wont notice. Thats PR…!!
    Posted by city centre manager on Oct 04, 2007 @ 07:36 PM

    Maybe the cost of having to rebuild your business premises if the shaky peace broke down and the bombs started exploding again?

    Strange that M&S didn’t start redeveloping their flagship Belfast store on Royal Ave 13 years ago don’t you think?

  • grouch

    Yawn! AAaah! That’s better.

    Just shows, put anything on slugger and the weirdo comments come flying in.

    Who really cares about a small company moving house – Oh, I have just woken up. This is really an advertisement.

    Wow, how could I (and the others) have been so slow.

  • Peter

    Snakebrain

    The M&S refurbishment strategy was only developed in the last two/three years and is part of a national programme. Nothing to do with our peace strategy and everything to do with Stuart Rose’s business strategy.

    Crossed wires not cross hairs.

  • BogExile

    I look forward to the day that Belfast becomes fully cloned from Leeds, Glasgow, Nottingham etc. Then we’ll be on a level playing field of blandness commesurate with our status as new consumer destination.

    Perhaps our unique selling point could be some kind of lunchtime car bomb but recreated as public art.

    Oh, and, for pitys sake please:

    http://legitimatetangent.blogspot.com/

    It’s all I’ve got left after the Doctor stopped prescribing the blue pills. And I’m v. proud I’ve managed a link to Slugger!!

  • The City Centre is now ‘des -res’ ? the shallowness of PR will out quickly enough – this announcement should be seen for what it is – a Corporate PR stunt, no more no less