collective inheritance so that imaginary debts owed to purported
senior bond-holders are used instead to make real bonds with future generations. The National Assets Management Agency should give stewardship of
empty houses to Threshold, Focus, Simon Community and St Vincent de
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Paul, who would oversee ceremonies and celebrations of the gifting of homes
to individuals and communities. Communities should decide what could be
done with hotels and commercial premises: some ghostestates could become
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promise of a new metropolis.
This would be a city of desire and desirability, an arena of enticement and seduction. In many ways, Craigavon was a radically new endeavour: one that would
propel Northern Ireland’s stagnating postwar economy towards the bright lights
of economic regeneration, multinational capital and lavish consumerism. But
despite its promise, the project struggled and never managed to attract the
levels of industry or residency originally anticipated. Instead, Craigavon became
an urban environment punctuated by abandoned junctions and ghostestates