“Re-blooming-generation!”

The Guardian, July 6th 2012:
‘Let’s move to Elephant & Castle and Walworth’

What’s going for it? It’s had the terrible misfortune to be regenerated twice: once, in the 1960s, to convert its poor residents into car-driving modern citizens; and again today, to reprogramme them into the kind of latte-supping pedestrians you see on architects’ drawings. But it thrives regardless. Though the eponymous roundabout and shopping precinct grab the attention – you can’t miss them – turn the corner on to Walworth Road and what planners and developers didn’t regenerate first time around has magically survived. A miraculous scrap of relatively central London that isn’t wall-to-wall Stradas. You want a thriving, chain-lite high street? Here you are. Even the precinct is like an anti-Westfield, all Colombian cafes and Nigerian nail bars. While tucked behind are little gems: blitz-surviving Victorian terraces, a proper street market, a great dance centre, incredibly good schools. Re-blooming-generation, I ask you. Who needs it?

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