Today ... in my opinion, I think that it was completely wrong to have built these houses. They are difficult to maintain and its hard keeping them tidy and clean, like the stairways and the outside balconies, no one wants to take responsibility for cleaning them up. An example is all this rubbish which blows over onto our side, which we are supposed to take care of, all the refuse that they put out blows over here and then we are expected to clear it up and throw it away.

When we first moved in, block P was still relatively new, it was only ten years old when we moved into block 10 and even then we still felt unused to living in the blocks.

There was quite a bit of noise in the stairwells and we weren't used to people sleeping on the stairs during the summer.

Sometimes people even slept in the basement, there were some steps, which lead down to a hatch covering a creep in cellar, people found out how to open it and used to crawl down there and make it into a sort of cavern.

There was a housing shortage, but people still moved here without having anywhere to live.

People thought that they might be able to move into the blocks knowing that there were a lot of rooms and somehow they thought they could be able to find somewhere to stay ... for better or for worse.

I think the idea at the time was that the outer districts didn't generate much money. There was some fishing going on from around. I can't remember exactly when, up until the cod disappeared in the late sixties, early seventies..

And because they didn't want to lose any money they closed the districts down. I don't know if it was for health reasons or whatever other reasons.

The rumor at the time was that it was all about not loosing money. I think others have speculated that it might have had something to do with hygiene and health issues.

This type of government standard housing is exactly the same as you would find in Ish¯j or other places around Copenhagen. You can see that they are identical.

Maybe they were built as cheap housing and were trying to keep up with general developments ... So many people started to come but no one thought about the fact that these people had already been living in their own houses, with a place for their shoes and a proper entrance, buildings that took the weather conditions in Greenland into account.

Instead, this was built with the type of standard that you have in Denmark or in other temperate parts of the world where you don't need entrances that are adapted for winter clothing and the need to have shoes outside the door.

The wardrobes, which they have in Scandinavia, are so small that you could not store your fishing gear and other stuff, it had to be put on the balcony even though they are meant to be fire escape routes.

The fire escapes soon became blocked and you couldn't get passed all of the stuff , salt barrels, and whatever else there was.

 

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