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whilst i sympathise, to a certain extent that is the way of the world. An area develops a certain bohemian chic, that atrracts other wealthier people who wish to acquire such "edgy" glamour. rents rise and eventually over a couple of iterations, the original outsiders who made such a place attractive are pushed aside.

It happened in Greenwich village in New York. It happened several times in London, Islington, Covent Garden, Notting Hill and now Soho have all driven out the underclass who made it worthwhile, as happened in an earlier era, Hampstead (now one of the most expensive suburbs in London).

Paris has been lucky, but I cannot see how it can remain immune. The Duck of Westminster may well be amongst the more grubby of money-grabbers, the instinctive avarice of the already unbelievably wealthy is strong within him. His is a generational gluttony, but it happens in all places at all times. If not him, then somebody else. Even if not with the covetous deliberation, it would have happened anyway.

Evolution is life, it's how cities breath.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Oct 17th, 2007 at 04:27:00 PM EST
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