GRANGEGORMAN GRAFFITI – HIPSTERS
Twenty five years ago when I relocated about a kilometre from Drumcondra to my apartment at Henrietta Place, now effectively within the Grangegorman Campus area, I encountered a similar reaction but I was called a “Yuppie” rather than a “Hipster”
In the 21st century, a hipster is a member of a subculture that is defined by claims to authenticity and uniqueness yet, ironically, is notably lacking in authenticity and conforms to a collective style.
I came across the following when I conducted an online search: “Fifteen years ago it was a no-go area, but now hipsters are buying houses and it’s trendy in parts,” says Pascal Derrien, who runs SPADE Enterprise Centre in Dublin 7. “But it is still dodgy – the Garda station is still one of the busiest in the country.”
There is a genuine concern that Grangegorman could be swamped by 20,000 university students many of whom will become transient residents in the general area. For example the area around Queens in Belfast, 25,000 students, is a good example of what can happen when an area is totally dominated by a college or university.