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Friday, 15 August 2014

Weekend reflections in Docklands



I stumbled across this area of Docklands on my way to Billingsgate Fish market. This is the old Poplar Dock (I think). In the 1970s I used to work in Poplar when it still had the old docks and as I walked around I just could not believe the transformation with its huge office blocks and hotel. It even had tourists wandering around. Regeneration had to happen in this part of London. The docks were no longer needed and there were no jobs. Everywhere was looking run down. So I am pleased that so much money has gone into the area but the jobs that have been created are very different from the ones that existed here before but times have changed and the world doesn't stand still.



The cobbled street and old brick wall - reminders of the past.
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21 comments:

  1. The world does not stand still but I wonder are we better for the changes.

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  2. This is a part of the city I haven't seen.

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  3. The wall is amazing reminds me of the past.

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  4. Nice lily pond picture. Interesting history lesson for me. :-)

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  5. The world shouldn't stay still, but there is no reason to make city parts so ugly ! Office space and office space, I wonder if they are all rented out ! Property developers certainly filled in their pockets !

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  6. joli coups d oeil et magnifique endroit,merci du partage et bon w end ;o)

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  7. Very nice pictures! Have a nice weekend!

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  8. A lovely set of pictures.Had to look twice at the reflection! Well spotted.

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  9. Interesting sculpture. Is the top figure a mermaid?

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  10. I do love reflection shots and yours were lovely, Fun60. Years ago, when I lived near the Halifax, Nova Scotia waterfront, there was a huge move to revitalize and beautify the area for tourists. I hear that has happened in Montreal (where I was raised) as well. in Vancouver, similar changes were made during Expo '86. I appreciate that they've tried to document the history, but also appreciate that we can walk and explore so comfortably now. I guess that's a trend on waterfronts in the developed world. As you pointed out, "times have changed and the world doesn't stand still."

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  11. It's good to see the docklands being renewed and living again, all be it with a different purpose. Much better than decline and neglect.

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  12. Nice lily pond reflection. I can relate to the surprise of seeing changes in places not visited for many years, having revisited Oxford UK (where I'd lived and worked for 2 years) after a 40 year absence. Now I'm wondering why we should be surprised - maybe it's the type of change that has occurred, rather than change itself?

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  13. love that little pond with it´s water lilies. :)

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  14. Different images speak to different people - I my favourite is the first photo. Warm regards.

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  15. The sculpture is so strange... But the reflection you caught is simply perfect. Nicely done, this week again !

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  16. Love progress....and nice that they left reminders of the past.

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  17. Looks like it has been revived for sure. It's refreshing to see the old cobblestones and bricks.

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  18. I was impressed by docklands when we last visited some years ago now. I like the sculpture. I think it is good to see run down places spruced up and given a new life.

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