Edinburgh fails to excite; construction rains on Burns' parade PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 03 April 2009 08:18

It isn't only the locals who are questioning the wisdom of undertaking the tramworks - in an article published on the Toledo Free Press website under the title:

Edinburgh fails to excite; construction rains on Burns' parade

the authors, visiting Americans tourists, question whether the city fathers (and mothers) had made the correct decision to close Princes Street for the tramworks, after Scotland had been promoted as a destination during the 'Homecoming' year.

As they said, "Noise, dirt, dust and smells reign over the city’s major streets. The routines of shoppers and sightseers alike are being disrupted. And previously elegant and gracious landmarks are ruined or obscured.". These are the words of regular visitors to Edinburgh - what impression must we be giving to those visiting the city for the first time?

After a side-swipe at the twee tartan shops on the Royal Mile, Leith comes in for some praise (or at least, no criticism).