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An evening walk

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Something called insomnia is currently pestering my life and I took an evening walk in the city centre a couple of weeks ago in an attempt to get my sleep back. The tempo and the pulse down town in the evening is quite different from daytime when shops and offices are open.

I didn’t find strolling around without any specific plan or purpose particularly appealing, so I brought the camera and took the subway to town. Creative work makes me happy and the walk would hopefully make me sleepy – a wonderful combination indeed!

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I have joined a Facebook group where photos and pictures from Stockholm in the past are posted. I’m not saying that every house was worth keeping, but way too many beautiful and interesting old buildings were torn down during the 50’s and 60’s. Hundreds of houses where people lived and worked disappeared and were replaced by huge office complexes where all activity ceases at five o’clock and the crowded city centre becomes a deserted place when the shops and department stores are closed.

Friday and Saturday evenings are a bit different. No school or work tomorrow and plenty of pubs and discos open until five in the morning create an artificial way of life there with rules of its own. On Sunday evening everything is back to normal again.

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On the other hand, everything is subject to changes whether we like it or not. Would all the workshops and small businesses that used to be there still be there, had the drastic make over not happened? I doubt it. Would all the shops, many with their own specialties, still be open and offer their services and merchandise to customers? Probably not; more likely is that they would have gone out of business ages ago – the competition from the big chains would have seen to that.

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They tried and managed to sneak in a few apartments in the city centre about twenty years ago. It’s better than nothing, but since next to nobody lives there anymore, it becomes a lifeless place after business hours. Until it’s time for the next change to come, the garments on display in the windows won’t find any potential buyers at ten o’clock in the evening unless it happens to be a Friday or Saturday.

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2 responses

  1. tms

    I like your pictures. The night atmosphere is quite special. … Some people say that many German cities only got destroyed after WW II – when city planners tried to establish their visions of “the city of the future”. Crazy, from today’s point of view.

    16/10/2015 at 09:01

  2. Thank you! There is actually a joke about a tourist asking a Swede “Who bombed the city?”. The Swede proudly replies “Nobody, we did it ourselves”. The politicians’ and the architects’ views and thoughts may be thrilling but history shows they seldom have much in common with what people need and want.

    16/10/2015 at 10:15

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