What Dundonians think of their latest landmark...
TOM GARNETT, 67
THE waterfront is being reconnected to the people. It is a great way to give people pride in this wonderful city, in what I think is in the best location in the world. It’s not to understate the social and economic problems we have, but anything that gives people more confidence is good for the community. I’ve heard more positive things about Dundee in the past four months than in the past 49 years.
ANNE MELROSE, 63, and LYN BROWN, 68
It’s just magnificent. We’re so pleased we could get tickets to come and see it. It really is a time in history. You can say to your children I was there when the V&A opened. There’s been a protest about how it’s not tackling poverty in Dundee and we were saying that we think in the future they’ll be trying to close it – and we’ll be here protesting to keep it open.
HARRY GIBB, 52
Dundee’s got the highest rate of drugs deaths in Europe, the highest rate for teenage pregnancy, the highest rate for everything. They could have spent the money on youth clubs. I won’t be visiting it. They should have used the money to build schools. It’s a shambles. There’s nothing for young people and no jobs; just drugs and crime and robbing old grannies.
HARVEY RITCHIE, 9
It’s really, really cool inside. I’d definitely recommend it to everyone. My favourite thing was the piece from the Titanic and I really liked the electric car. My mum won tickets so I’ve been really excited to come and see it and I invited my friend Ben. All the kids in my school think it’s really cool.
CAROLINE GRAPE, 27
I saw there were some protests going on outside about social poverty, which is quite understandable really. Hopefully though, the museum will bring in more cultural revenue and that will feed into the city.
FERNANDO FERNANDES, 40
I don’t actually like modern art, I prefer more classical art usually – but I really like this contemporary space and the prow of the building like a ship and what this ship means. It points to the direction we want to take in the future. There are a lot of inequalities in the city and we need to think about how we can make it more attractive for people.
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