Monday 5 November 2007 12.33pm
krunal shah wrote:
i think my comparison of piccadilly circus and leicester square has been mis-interpreted. It was meant only to set an example of how it has been successful in doubling the number of vistors in last few years. It is not about creating a second leicester sq.. but more about gaining equally vital night life ,,may be catering to a totally different clientle.
I think you are making several presumptions here that are potentially dangerous. Firstly the SE1 area is predominantly residential, it is completely different to the West End. With vitality almost inevitably comes noise, I don't think many SE1 residents would be happy about this!
A comment that many friends who have visited me in Bermondsey Street
have made is that they love the chilled out feel of the area despite it being so central, I'd say that's a pretty unique selling point. I personally can't think of anything worse than the night time 'vitality' of areas such as Leicester Square being recreated in SE1, frankly I wouldn't go to LS for a night out if you paid me. If I want a large and noisy night out, I'll go to Shoreditch, 30 minutes walk or a quick cab ride.
Far be it from me to suggest how to approach your research but is it not vital to first understand what the needs and desires of the local community are before making an assumption that a more vibrant nightlife would improve SE1?