Malta: Lack of Breathing Space

Another Maltese tale, or maybe nightmare.


In Europe after the world wars, city planning got modernised, rethought and everything rebuilt. I have visited a huge array of cities around the european continent, all with their own beauty and charm.

London was the last one I visited and was in awe of its size, but mostly its use of spaces. Even though it’s such an old city, roads are wide with proportional pavements and full of serene spaces. It’s admirable that they didn’t succumb to the greedy claws of over-development

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Wish that I could say the same within our little island. While development of towering tall buildings doesn’t scare me, the lack of surrounding infrastructure does. Once again, Malta got swept by modern nuances but failed to free herself from the chains of old.

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Tigne Point over-development

Highrise is now the hip trend in housing especially in touristic and prime areas. Paceville is becoming a true testament to this, Pender Gardens (or better apartments) being the latest huge development. Sadly this is being built on a two-way single lane road which is engulfed with traffic more often than not. Madness! Where is the public garden near each big development?

Maybe, just maybe, it is too much to ask from our little island, but I dream it can be something like this:

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I’m not expecting the vertical forests, but a similar layout would be a breath of fresh air.

Why should we have 4 story flats like pin-balls one next to the other? When will it stop?

In some old small localities, the village core has very narrow roads (most without a pavement) and what do you find right after this? More development, block upon block of house hordes and faint flats. No respite for the Maltese citizen.

Here’s an example, H’Attard (which I tried to circle in red), is a sought after place to live with apartments costinga minimum of 250k Euro finished (above average price for the island):

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I’m sure I missed a spot or two, and over-ran some roads but you can get the general idea on why I’m rambling so much. I can say with a degree of certainty that all of the fields in the picture are private, so don’t get fooled by the ‘greenery’

If you think the roads are pleasurable to walk in, here’s a close up of the black boxed area:

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Little to no trees except for some front porch, narrow roads baring parked cars in the residential areas.

Will we continue developing mindlessly in the future? Seems like it till now.

Who will make all this stop? Sadly we don’t have an answer yet.


Would you live in a place like this?

Tell us what you think down in the comments!

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Author: Words of Osiris

I'm a 30 year old soul, whose need to express himself was not satisfied by the common social media. While others vomit words with little thought, I will try my best to fill the void they have created. Born, raised, and reside on the cursed islands of Malta. I studied Sciences my whole life and always wanted to have a space where I can release my creative demons. In this blog, scientific objectiveness will meet the cry of different opinions and thought-invoking tales. Subjects will vary from the futile to the world changing.

3 thoughts

  1. I’m with you. I observe the same wherever I go. It looks like everyone wants to live in the city for some reason or other, but there are not enough apartments. So now, EVERYTHING is being turned into apartments. One right next to the other. And taller and taller. Because there is no more space to buy horizontally, so they go vertically. They take all the trees away… And they do this because there is TREMENDOUS demand for that. People pay insane amounts of money just to be able to live in the city… Really sad…

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