Friday, 24 September 2010

Crossrail and the end of a Soho block (or two)

I have ranted about Crossrail before - I mourn the passing of the Centrepoint fountain, don't even get me started on the Astoria and now I am faced daily with the destruction and complete removal of a whole block of Soho, specifically the block bordered by Oxford St, Dean St, Great Chapel St and Carlisle St.  Gone forever is the Bath House pub that used to be on the corner of Fareham St, the cool old building that housed the Black Gardenia bar just opposite and the amazing red brick warehouse on Fareham St with the arched windows (if you look closely at the photo above you can see the arches coming down).  You know what's kinda cool about Google Street View is that it's all still there - obviously their cameras went around Soho some time ago so you can actually see what it used to look like, which is sad...but cool.  And what will we get in return for losing this chunk of W1?  From the looks of the drawing a Canary-Wharf style station entrance for the new Tottenham Court Road tube and Crossrail station.  Is that worth the loss of a piece of "real" Soho?  I dunno - for me it's a definite no, but perhaps I am just being resistant to change/evolution.  What do you think?

6 comments:

  1. I know what you mean this photo just makes me sad. Don't mess with Soho!!!

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  2. Crossrail = destruction of the Astoria. Say no more. Boo.

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  3. It does make me really sad to think that the Astoria is gone - that friggin train better be good!

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  4. This is really terrible …

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  5. I agree it's terribly sad. The destruction of buildings with history and character, in return for yet another soulless glass mall with Starbucks and M&S Simply Food.. with no awareness of the character of the Soho area. Sigh. Why don't we get a say on how we want our city to be treated?

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  6. History is gone forever once it's gone! Of course thats not worth it!

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