Out with the new!

As readers of my blog will know, I have been particularly struck Post-COVID by the pace of new building development in London. The streets may still be empty and people are not returning to work, but everywhere old buildings are being torn down and monstrous new buildings erected, as if the mere fact of redevelopment is a sign that the economy is in good shape. But much of it looks totally gratuitous. What is happening to French Railways House on Piccadilly is a good example. A good office building is being torn down to be replaced by a nearly equivalent bad one. If the government is remotely serious about issues of climate change (is it ?), it should surely be looking at whether this is necessary.



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