In other, less foolish, cities sometimes large numbers of people with a similar background come to live in the same neighbourhood. With the passing of the years the area in which they live may come to be known for the background of its residents.
And so many cities will have a “Latin Quarter” where people of latin american descent live. It’s a nicer word than ghetto. (As in: “my house cleaner and gardener don’t live in a ghetto, they live in the latin quarter”)
But it would appear that some committee of cardigan clad numpties in the ACT Government has noted that other cities have latin quarters and decided we needed one too.
Thus the Canberra Times informs us that the area around Childers Street, already grandly known as the “City West Arts Precinct” can now glory in the name of “The Latin American Quarter” (presumably someone on the committee was concerned that without a qualifier people would start gadding around in togas and who knows where that might lead?).
Even better it’s getting a whopping great piece of public art (for a price unspecified) known as “The Vessel of (Horti)cultural Plenty 2009”.
The huge illuminated vase with ”flowers that move with the breeze” will sit perfectly in the City West Arts Precinct, Langley said this week…
Made from galvanised steel, polycarbonate, stainless steel and optic fibre cable, the Vessel stands 11m high. It took three months to build, and is expected to be launched in Canberra in early December.