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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

A Tale of Two Cities

It never ceases to amaze me how rich and poor sit cheek by jowl in all cities, nowhere more so than in London.

This is in Arnold Circus, this week's The Way We See It location. On one side you have poverty and deprivation but Calvert Street (coming out of it) is trendy with designers and mega-good Leila's Cafe with the smallest ever micro brewery! (worth a detour if you are near the City for lunch) Walk to the end of hte street and you are in the City.

posted by Ham at 00:02 -- Comments here: 5

Comments on "A Tale of Two Cities"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (01:20) : 

It used to be that broken windows invited crime, but in fashionable cities today it seems they invite the avant-garde. All the old slum and industrial neighborhoods in NYC became fashionable as artists, designers, etc, moved in. That window might be smashed now, and perhaps the building is empty, but if rates are high nearby then you're looking at a future gallery or something. And it'll be paying much higher rents (not that I'm sure London isn't already expensive).

I think it's good to have a economic mix in a tight area, but with this trend there will be no affordable places left in which to live.

That old theory thing:

"Consider a building with a few broken windows. If the windows are not repaired, the tendency is for vandals to break a few more windows. Eventually, they may even break into the building, and if it's unoccupied, perhaps become squatters or light fires inside."


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (05:13) : 

Hi Ham
I really enjoyed visiting The Way We See It, a wonderful idea, a fantastic site. The photos are great quality, creative, occasionally funny or thought provoking, Istrongly recommend a visit to all your readers.

Also wanted to thank you for your crucially helpful 'how to blog' guide. Just posted my first photo yesterday using Picasa (Melbourne Cup, dated 07 Nov) - all thanks to your great explanations and advice. Thanks again !
Nathalie, Sydney


Blogger ems said ... (06:33) : 

Good photo! There seems to be quite a few areas now in Tower Hamlets where the relatively poor and rich live side by side - in physical terms at least. Their worlds are way apart.


Blogger Kim said ... (10:32) : 

Smashing image, Ham! Very effective in B&W.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (03:26) : 

Beautifully conceived and composed image. Thank you.


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