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The Famous Druid

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Icon 1 posted February 10, 2008 03:27      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
When Mrs Druid and I lived in London, a popular weekend passtime was to walk for an hour or so along the old canal to Camden Lock, stroll through the market, have lunch and a pint or 3, maybe take in a comedy show, or just watch some of the buskers. While I found many of the "attractions" of London over-rated, I have many fond memories of Camden Market.

So I was saddened to learn that much of it may be gone forever.

Treasures like this, once lost, can never be re-built. [Frown]

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Grummash

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Icon 1 posted February 10, 2008 04:45      Profile for Grummash     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Very sad. Especially when you consider that it will more than likely be replaced with a generic, off-the-shelf, city centre shopping area that looks like everywhere else.

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Icon 1 posted February 10, 2008 21:20      Profile for quantumfluff     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Sad, but it seems to be the way things turn out. I live in an "older" (established pre. 1800) town in the Northest USA, where we actually have a village center. While still suburban, I can actually walk to our drugstore, post office and the schools my children attended. There are businesses which have been there, each in their own building, since I was a child over 40 years ago. There is clearly a character to "the town".

When I visit much of the rest of the USA, it is nothing like this. It is residential tracts (even worse when they are gated), with "shopping centers" located a short car ride away (but not really in walking distance). It's generic and antiseptic and generally alienating. There is no sense of a community... because there isn't any geographical or economic incentive to be a community.

Maybe I'm just old fashioned, but I think we would all be better off in cities more like European ones than what we have created in North America (NY, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Vancouver excepted).

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Icon 1 posted February 11, 2008 06:55      Profile for Callipygous     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
There was a nice little club up there where I saw among others Queen Ida, and the great (in every sense of the word) Etta James. It's a sad story. [Frown]

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I hope that they will rebuild and save the character of the place. Do they know what started it?

Saw this morning that another landmark burned last night. The old city gate in Seoul. They think it might be arson.

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