Jerry wrote:I think there is more than a few "nay-sayers". London is about change, but there is change and change. To turn the whole place into one big Starbucks kills off any future opportunities for change, it's more of a dead end street. Saying "we" should be thankful for the abundance of choice is missing the point. I appreciate MS etc. for what it is, but the reasons places like it came to be are anything but positive. It's more like David standing up to one ugly Goliath.I believe that far from being doomed Borough Market is thriving. The few nay-sayers here don't appear to understand that change is what London is good at. When I moved here 14 years ago Borough Market looked on the way out, the wholesale market could have gone the way of Covent garden or Billingsgate and the area given over to more residential or office developments. In fact from very modest beginnings a retail market developed and is now flourishing. The Maltby Street traders have exercised their right to move and their new Market is great to buy from too with a very different feel to Borough. We should be thankful that SE1 has an abundance of choice like this.
It's more like David standing up to one ugly Goliath. wrote:A touch melodramatic I think.
Jerry wrote:I was referring to London in general where every high street develops the same pattern: Starbucks , Pret, Tesco Metro etc. That's what's choking the "changing London" you refer to. I am old enough to remember London when it was truly versatile. The Olympics are sponsored by McD, for flip's sake. BM is like that: a (wannabe) corporate Goliath. Maltby Street is (was) a David trying to fight/resist/offer an alternative to that. Nothing melodramatic about that, just reluctant realism. But hey, whatever.I must have missed the opening of Starbucks in Borough Market. Is it cloaked? I'm also old enough to remember when the idea of coffee in most London cafes was nescafe or nothing, even Starbucks is an improvement on that, though only just! I wouldn't want one in the market though and I see no evidence for that.It's more like David standing up to one ugly Goliath. wrote:A touch melodramatic I think.
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