Tue 5/24/16

Streatham, London, England–Some supermarkets in London are building residential housing above their stores (link goes to article).  Here is one example, Tesco in Streatham. (Streatham is a district of 51,000 people centered 5 miles south of London’s center).  This taxicab joint (right next to the Streatham train station) is called Goooglie Cars (trying to fool people into thinking they’re associated with a certain search engine).  Just a bit beyond is where the district’s long nice-looking downtown commerical strip begins, on Streatham High Rd (a.k.a. “A23“).  In the 1950s Streatham had the longest and busiest shopping street in south London (per Wikipedia article).  Look at this marvelous old church just off the main road.  Here is the Streatham Hill train station!  Heading the opposite way from the Tesco, here is another old church right across from Streatham Common (a local nature reserve).  Heading up the gradually rising hill next to the Common is Henry Tate Mews, an exclusive swanky gated development.

Central London–The “Walkie-Talkie” skyscraper located at 20 Fenchurch St., is a post-modern behemoth that gets larger as one heads up, with a bulky top.  From an article in the Guardian:

First proposed in 2004, the design was criticised by both English Heritage and Unesco. The former declared it an “oppressive and overwhelming form” and a “brutally dominant expression of commercial floor space”; the latter threatened to add the Tower of London to the World Heritage in Danger list, because of the detrimental impact the skyscraper would have on its setting.

Here is a view of it from Botolph Lane.  This is the view from the Tower Bridge.  Here is a photosphere at night from the bridge.

 

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