> Cassel Wrote:
> > What's wrong with variety - I've lived in ED
> > 25 years and the small newsagent I buy my paper
> > from (he also sells milk) is still there after
> > these years. It's not as though Sweaty Betty
> > opening a department store - it's a small
> > I love their clothes and the price reflects
> > quality of their products which are more
> > than buying something cheaper which doesn't
> > well or keep its shape and I disagree they're
> > bland. So I'll be shopping in there when my
> > budget allows but I'll also go and buy a doner
> > kebab if I fancy one. Just as I'll continue
> > shopping in the Co-op as opposed to M&S - it's
> > down to choice.
> As far as They will leave us a choice Cassel.. I
> work in west london Portobello rd since 2005, Use
> to be eclectic and vibrant full of original shops
> and new ideas. I remember before (less than 10 yrs
> ago not some 50 yrs ago) stall owners at the local
> market use to work hard and were very busy. The
> best of them, the ones with the best ideas, use to
> work hard for a few yrs hoping to get a chance to
> open a shop on portobello rd (see for instance
> punky fish which i don t like for design etc but
> is a perfect example).
> Now often in my short lunch break i talk to them
> as few yrs ago. Before they were telling me about
> their hopes to get this shop or the other shop and
> make a step forward in business but also in life;
> now they tell me (at the best) they are applying
> to work at the till of some well known supermarket
> chain or they dream to get a job as security
> person on some mobile phone company shop..
> I remember the rd as it was 5 to 7 yrs ago and it
> was an unique place all over the world, attracting
> visitors, locals and tourists in here. I remember
> I use to have the hot dog guy phone number as it
> was taking me ages to walk one single block to get
> some lunch as the street was crowded and business
> had people queing all the times.
> At present road is empty on any due day...i don t
> need to call the guy anymore for my hot dog as it
> takes me 20sec to walk to him now in a road that
> looks like any airport in any city...from vodafone
> to starbucks, burgers chains, coffe chains ..you
> name it..it looks like walking in heathrow airport
> but....with nearly no people at all
> The hot dog man and his son are doing best they
> can for the son to get a job in tesco or sainsbury
> in a street and in a world that doesn t pay back
> if you have ideas but pays back only if you have
> money and can pay the 150K per year for a 40 sq mt
> shop in compare to the 30K it was costing 5 yrs
> I don t see the choice there anymore.... but still
> if i had a son i would be happy to listen to his
> business ideas and support him best I can rather
> than having a son that sadly hopes to get into
> some chain supermarket as....it is the only
> The choice we have is now as for instance in
> portobello rd once a supermarket decided to pay
> 100k per year on a 30 sq meter (that use to cost
> 20K 5 yrs ago) there is not way back. rightly so
> all the commercial landlords now expect that rent
> and chains keeps coming in, in a road that was the
> centre of europe over the week ends and now is sad
> and empty..
> As you can imagine I don t care much about
> portobello rd but i care my son will have a choice
> in life...
> Nothing personal against Mrs Sweaty Betty in
> person...a part from the very ugly name..
Iwas born in Ladbroke grove in the 60's and lived in the area until 5 years ago when finances caused me to move here.
Portobello road used to be brilliant, full of independent shops, local characters, dreamers artists, hustlers.
It was my 'hood and I loved its run-down but optimistic energy.
but slowly things changed-a row of antique arcades became All Saints, the Butchers left and was replaced by a gift shop
And now?....Now I can't stand the place its like Carnaby St or Camden, loads of shops selling tourist tat and cheap shoes, 'Jack Wills' 'Lush Cosmetics'
There is nothing there that holds any magic. The cool Pubs have gone, the characters are dying off or having to move out.
My mother was born on Westbourne Park Road in the 1930s when it was terribly poor and run down.
But at least it had a community and soul.
Now there is neither.
Its another sign of the homogonisation of our city.
London is dead..its time we realised that.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit was 2016:05:02:23:01:00 by NewWave.