Ballymun Regeneration Limited is a company created by the Dublin City Council. The regeneration project of Ballymun has been going on since 1997 and will come to a close by the end of this year. On our bus ride to the main office, I could tell that the area we were in was very different from the other parts of Dublin I have seen since I have been here. It felt like the suburbs but it was also clear that it was an area of poverty. It was not as developed as the parts of the city we had seen before, but it looked like it was in the middle of a transformation.
A 45 minute presentation was not enough to learn everything about the past 17 years of construction and redevelopment. We were shown before and after pictures of the area and it was a huge difference. There were tall buildings and flats that all looked exactly the same and which were so run down they looked unlivable. The woman presenting explained that many times in these types of poorer, underdeveloped areas the buildings and flats often all look the same. One of their goals in redeveloping the area was to make unique buildings and apartments that each family or homeowner can make their own. A source of pride for people is owning their property and it was important for the regeneration project to make sure the residents of Ballymun could have their own land. They also wanted to make it easier to get around the town so they restructured the roads so they are more pedestrian friendly. She explained to us that Ballymun became so run down in the 90s because everyone that lived there that started making a lot of money would move out of Ballymun and into a nicer area.
The project was predicted to finish in 2013, but will actually come to a close at the end of this year. Many workers have already been let go of in the office and eventually the Regeneration Limited office will close. Ballymun will be left to hopefully continue to grow as small town on the edge of Dublin.