Monthly Archives: July 2006

Arresting the Decline of Irish Cities

After returning from my first visit to Finland my wife thought it was most disloyal to declare I wanted to become a Finn. Why?  Because it appeared to me that the Finns I met had come close to finding the ideal formula for contemporary living.  While most are city dwellers they have humble retreats in the countryside also. A compact but excellently-designed apartment is complemented by a rustic cabin hidden in the trees on some small island in the Baltic or by a rural lake.

The simplicity of the cabin contrasted with the sophistication of the apartment.  Finns seem to … Continue reading...