Keeping the peace

The peace walls that divide Belfast have come to define the city, so taking them down will require helping communities learn a new way of living together, writes Peter Geoghegan.

5th May, 2012
The peace wall as seen from the Short Strand in Belfast. Photo: Pacemaker

Limestone Road in north Belfast fits novelist Robert McLiam Wilson's description of his native city as a place in which "the stories are jumbled and jangled.

The narratives meet". During Belfast's early 20th-century heyday, Limestone Road was an attractive, tree-lined thoroughfare populated by prosperous families, many of whom earned their living at the nearby port.

However, decades of conflict and haphazard planning have taken a lugubrious toll on 'the Limestone'. Today the area is underdeveloped...

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