Monday, May 21, 2007
Urban decay continues
The meter reader was here
London, ON, April 2007 [Click to see the decay up-close]
London's downtown core has been on the ropes for so long that most folks don't remember when it was ever a happy place. I've seen old black and white pictures from its heyday, but it's difficult to believe that this is the same place when you can barely walk down the street without being accosted by someone you wouldn't want to invite over for tea.
The local newspaper, when it isn't busy repurposing generic content from other newspapers in its cost-cutting national chain, runs the occasional cheerleader-like piece talking about how the area is coming back from its malaise.
Then I walk down the main drag, Dundas Street, and see scenes like this. The renaissance depicted on the pages now being chewed to shreds by my dog doesn't seem to exist in the real world. I guess the reporter and I must have been here on different days.
Your turn: What's the downtown like in your town? Do you go? Why/why not?