If you could clone one element from another city you’ve visited—a building, a cultural institution, a common street food, etc. –and bring it back to your own home town, what would it be? Ben Huberman
Apart from a better linking up with a rail system, which on second thoughts would only increase our population, I’d prefer something frivolous!
When living in Effretikon, an outer suburb of Zurich, there was an outdoor ice skating rink. Loud popular music filled the air. My three year old had double skates, to stabilize her. When people would come to stay, Francesca would skate between two adults. Needless to say, she gave us stability.
Many wonderful afternoons were spent skating to the music. Being cold and outdoors, was so much nicer that a damp indoor setting. The colour of the trees and sky set the scene. Umberto came with us in the evenings; the lights would come on making it even more magical. How could one be sad exercising and music lifting spirits up into the heavens?
Pearcedale would benefit from such a fantastic outdoor facility. Set next to the ovals and tennis courts, I can see it perfectly.