Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Another One Bites The Dust

London

Marcon's - about the only interesting shop left in Stratford - has closed. It only sold bin-end carpets but I liked its tatty signwritten frontage. Walking past when the door was open, you were immediately hit with a smell of damp. It's been closing down for at least three years and now it's finally gone.

This bit of Stratford is called Maryland, and is about as bleak and unlovely as you can get. A blighted stretch of cut-price off licences, flyblown boozers, raving derelicts, bookies and knocking shops. It always reminds me of 1990s Kings Cross.

Run, don't walk.

1 comment:

A F-A said...

I'm ambivalent about these shops. On the one hand I hate their seediness and resent their landlord's lack of care. On the other, I loathe the bland, boring 'modernity' of what generally replaces them! I suppose 'decline' is inevitable, but I'm not sure we have really got to grips with managing 'regeneration'. With all the City money in our Capital, I just don't know why certain areas were allowed to get so run down. Maybe the Olympics will help. Or not!