13 May, 2006

All change

Here's how my local Underground station looked the day it opened:

That was in 1923. The front edifice remains intact to this day, looking very impressive and noble amidst all the subsequently-added and efficiently-dirty adjoining shops and businesses. What has changed utterly, however, is this:

That's actual countryside with actual fields and trees, when this used to be the end of the line and indeed the end of habitation as far as London was concerned. Not one scrap of that view remains today. I couldn't get a comparison shot even if I tried; there's a car wash, "private men's club" and insurance firm in the way. Who said progress was necessarily a good thing?

Ah. It was me.


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