music & video: Martin Zentner
Tbilisi is a beautiful city with a lot of visible history. But, as in many places, historical structures are broken down and replaced with faceless modern buildings without any local character. The tower in this video is a very visible example, but only one of many. I hope Tbilisi can keep its historic soul and can withstand investors who want to clutter the world with glass and steel. I have met many great locals who are fighting an uphill battle against a lot of money and political power to preserve their home and heritage. Okay, these buildings will also be a part of the city’s history, like all the soviet era buildings. But at what cost? On the other side, historic areas are becoming disneyfied, depraved of their soul, looking somewhat historic on the outside, but clean and lifeless. I deeply hope that Tbilisi can keep its character I came to love as a regular visitor. And my heart goes out to those, who are fighting for this. Thank you!