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OK, so alternative London isn't doing so well at the moment.

The Astoria is under threat, The Intrepid Fox is sold and under threat, The Electric Ballroom still has the axe of redevelopment hanging over it and I've also just discovered that camden Market - well The Stables market part atleast - has been earmarked for a proposed £22 million development to turn it into "the largest commercial complex in London".

I remember when Carnaby Street was a big 'alternative' draw and friends and myself used to hang out there and the more 'punky' friends got harrassed by tourists wanted pictures of them (to be honest most tourists paid for the privelege :p). Now it's pretty much like most high streets anywhere in the UK and has plenty of trendy bars situated down the side streets. I also remember Kensington Market being one of the best places in London for all things Goth and Alternative - needless to say that's long gone now too.

Anyway, in regards to the Camden development I've stumbled across the Sace Camden Myspace site at http://www.myspace.com/savecamden if you want more info. There is also the Save Camden Stables Market website at http://www.savecamdenstablesmarket.co.uk/

Stranegly enough I've not found a Save Tony Blair Petition or website as yet and from looking at Sky and BBC News it looks like he's in quite a bit of danger of being ousted very soon (and thank god for that - it's taken many in the Labour Party way too long to come to that conclusion!).

Now I need to get ready so I can out (to Camden by coincidence). Catch you guys and gals later

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silver_blue
Sep. 6th, 2006 04:33 pm (UTC)
:(

Stables Market is my fave part of Camden actually.

I'd say that this would backfire, but I don't think it will. While it'll continue to sanitise all the alternative bits and pieces of London and turn it into a boring "everycity", financially no doubt it'll be profitable for thed development companies.
mundenlogic
Sep. 7th, 2006 07:19 am (UTC)
I sooo miss Carnaby street and kenny market....stop! stop! i can't cope with loosing another well loved haunt.
You will give me the ump! for the rest of the Day x
snesgirl
Sep. 7th, 2006 09:32 am (UTC)
I miss kensington indoor market...
sooooooooooooooooo much !
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