2012-08-01

The Guardian: "Earls Court, Boris Johnson and the wrecking ball"


Link to The Guardian

"It's ironic that the Earls Court exhibition centre, presently hosting Olympics volleyball, is lined up for bulldozing after the Games. Opened in 1937 and a premier London venue for the events industry ever since, it is earmarked for levelling directly after helping accommodate the largest event London has ever hosted. Sounds odd? A bit of background sheds some light.

"The planned destruction of Earls Court is – as regular readers of this blog know – part of a larger redevelopment scheme proposed for that part of inner west London. This would also reduce to dust the 760 homes of the West Kensington and Gibbs Green housing estates.

"The Conservative-run boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea (K&C) and Hammersmith and Fulham (H&F) envisage a regenerative new 'urban quarter' full of luxury flats and, they say, new local job opportunities rising from the rubble, but they've been meeting some determined opposition."

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