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A TEMPORAL REPLACEMENT FOR A SPIRITUAL SITE

LETTERS

Last time I went to watch Arsenal at their superb new Emirates Stadium, I took a detour from Holloway Road down Eden Grove, my personal memory lane, to look at the old Mount Carmel convent, where I made my first holy communion in the late 1940s.

But the surroundings had altered radically. Gone were the slums, replaced by lumpen blocks of private housing.

Seeing the building featured in AJ 26.10.06 as part of Hawkins\Brown's Culverin Court, I was enlightened. The old convent has been converted into yuppie ats, complete with Starck baths. Genuection replaced by gentrification, salvation by speculation, sign of the cross by sign of the times. That's progress.

I just hope they got an exorcist subcontractor in to get rid of those ghostly Carmelite nuns.

Louis Hellman, London W3

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