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Is London building a Sterile City? #lifelesstowers


Open-City Architecture News.

Voice your opinion on the Open City website.

Clearly there is opposition to the endless creation of tower blocks, have your say.

Common sense, don’t risk sterility

English: The City of London skyline as viewed ...

English: The City of London skyline as viewed toward the north-west from the top floor viewing platform of London City Hall on the southern side of the Thames. In the foreground: Dixie Queen and Millennium Time at Tower Millennium Pier. This is a 5 segment panoramic image taken by myself with a Canon 5D and 24-105mm f/4L IS lens. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Another part of London to be desecrated? #homes #starbucks #mall #EarlsCourt


London Mayor approves £8bn Earls Court plan Ι Construction Enquirer.

Let’s stuff in another 7500 new homes into an already overcrowded city, strain the public transport system even more and more. Make sure there are a couple of tall landmark towers, which are totally out of context with the surrounding residential area and make sure they block out the light to the remaining residents.

Let’s build another multiplex cinema, a Starbucks, a McDonalds, some phone shops, another supermarket and a Nandos.

Earls cLets throw in a couple of hotels as well, build some cycle lanes and narrow the road access for cars. Chuck in another 20 years of transportation chaos and building grime whilst the development is completed, for good measure.

When it’s finally built, we can all moan about how many of the homes are in the hands of overseas investors, either as second homes or as rental units and then we can complain about how much landlords are overcharging.

And finally goodbye to Earls Court, an exhibition and conference venue that has hosted, amongst others, events at the 1948 Summer Olympics, the volleyball events of the 2012 Summer Olympics, music concerts, Motor shows, Ideal home exhibitions and so on.

Does the building itself have some historical and architectural significance or would Londoners prefer another aseptic tall tower block, with a restaurant and a few penthouse flats at the top?

You decide by voting on this poll.

Sorry Boris but I think you’ve really lost the plot.

Where have all the carbon credit cold callers gone? #unregulated #scam #pension #economy


English: Pencil

English: Pencil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

TONY HETHERINGTON: Carbon credits pitch is rife with false claims | This is Money.

To be fair to the FCA, this is and was an unregulated business, so progress at your own peril was definitely the shout.

As with any cold caller promising huge returns, one should always proceed with caution. If you still feel the urge to go for it, don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

Unfortunately due to the low level of interest rates, pensioners may feel the urge to take bigger risks to generate an income, much more so than if they were receiving a nice return from the hard earned nest egg at their local building society or bank. Unfortunately those days seem to have long gone and as people become more desperate the ‘fraud’ and ‘scam’ industry will remain on an upward growth trend (unlike the economy).

As with any investment apply Common sense and at all costs AVOID desperation.

The benefits of cycling #TFL #London #hypocrisy #twotierbritain #fairness


bikeTfL Figures Show Bikes Are 25% Of London Rush Hour Traffic | Londonist.

On the face of it these figures look very encouraging. After all, where else in the world can you use the roads under the influence of alcohol, drive up one way streets the wrong way, drive through red traffic lights and best of all, no tax, no insurance, no laws.

Hardly surprising that there is so much ‘congestion’ in London with cars and buses trudging behind the cycling revolution. Lucky that motorists are paying all the taxes to keep the roads in good order then.

Common sense, get on your bike! #free #lawless #society