Comment on: Narrow views, heritage dogma and fear of the new
Some nice views of buildings that have been ruined by new developments:
- Battersea Power Station: views ruined by the development build around it.Only the Power Station's chimneys are visible from many views.....the building would be screaming it it had a voice.
- The new Wembley Stadium: dramatic views from Olympic Way of the Wembley arch spanning over the stadium have been lost. New developments around the stadium mean only partial views of the arch are now possible.
The "Walkie-Talkie" building, which remains an abomination on the London skyline, has ruined views of Tower Bridge from the East.
Following Mr Singporewala's apparent logic and his statement that "in 2020 we have other ways to remember, document and experience what we have lost", I presume that he would be content for the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace to explicitly show their WW2 bombing damage to this day and have had their damaged roofs replaced with, perhaps, flat concrete slabs?
Boris Johnson's "BUILD BUILD BUILD" mantra can be expected to lead to the following:
- The wrong sort of infrastructure in all the wrong places.
- Another nail in the coffin of many traditional high streets that allow people to do their shopping within walking distance of where they live.
- A greater degree of national dependence (addition?) on Amazon for all shopping........but no significant tax revenues from Amazon in return.
- Chaotic urban structures with inappropriate/ugly juxtapositions of commercial development and residential homes.
- Erosion/destruction of public places to meet
- New-built "Favelas" in UK's cities and suburbs without access to decent public transport.
Boris Johnson and his Government have rewritten the rule book on what should constitute a resignation matter.
Comment on: Welcome to the new abnormal
A vision of the "new abnormal":
- Stretch tandem bikes with socially distanced saddles are widely used on cycle lanes to allow greater cyclist capacity. (The space between saddles is used to display Government advice)
- New public homes are designed to Danish space standards. Priority for new occupants is given to those who can speak Danish.
- "Bee-hive pubs" spread across the country with customers grouped into separated niches that are each directly supplied with drinks via pipe.
- Paul Finch becomes new Special Advisor to Boris Johnson.
AJ readers can decide for themselves up as to whether this is more of a utopia or a dystopia.