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End of Life

By ZenTony
It would be too easy to look at this decrepit building in Meriden Street, Digbeth (taken in 2018) and use it as a metaphor for the state of the UK. But I won't. Maybe the future will be bright.
Just as a matter of interest I have just looked on Google Earth and it is still there. Hopefully it will be preserved as it really is a great building. There is a date on it as 1923. Pure Deco.

Tags: Photo journalism Monochrome Birmingham Industrial decay

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Nigel_NZ 15 26 2 New Zealand
16 Nov 2020 8:41AM
Always look on the bright side of life.......and so on.Sad
Thanks for posting this rather depressing image, the road from here is going to be uphill, what will will happen to these buildings, turn into some yuppie flats? get bowled and a new office building erected by those that weather the storm? or more trendy eateries and club scene places.
For now I look forward to seeing how all this stuff pans out in, say, ten, twenty years and more.
Tomorrow is another day, I hope it is better than yesterday.
Nigel.
ZenTony Plus
5 4 1 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2020 9:17AM

Quote:Always look on the bright side of life.......and so on.Sad
Thanks for posting this rather depressing image, the road from here is going to be uphill, what will will happen to these buildings, turn into some yuppie flats? get bowled and a new office building erected by those that weather the storm? or more trendy eateries and club scene places.
For now I look forward to seeing how all this stuff pans out in, say, ten, twenty years and more.
Tomorrow is another day, I hope it is better than yesterday.
Nigel.


Nigel, you are probably right. It's easy to get quite depressed about England now. On a day when it was announced that a CEO got a bonus of £780 million we have 3 million people here go hungry and live in appalling conditions. I am not some Marxist revolutionary (that did not work) but FFS there has to be a different way. All our politicians just tinker around the edges trying to gather votes and not upset too many people. Damn it. I could go on for ever; but what's the point..............and that's the trouble of course.
EPZ......we need to have a happy photography day !
jacomes Plus
5 26 32 Portugal
16 Nov 2020 9:20AM
One can only hope that the planners allow a socially beneficial development on this site....... and hope and hope.
James
dales Plus
5 11 Australia
16 Nov 2020 9:36AM
An excellent observation on the current state of affairs Tony but hopefully their is a brighter side of the coin as you stated !
Ian
Saastad Plus
1 16 15 Norway
16 Nov 2020 10:04AM
Title and photo is matched very well.
Nice work!

Arne Smile
dudler Plus
17 1.5k 1777 England
16 Nov 2020 11:09AM
The rank (and I do mean smelly) optimists will point out how Digbeth is being revived by the prospect of HS2 arriving (literally) in the area. They will point to the rash of colourful student accommodation springing up in the city, possibly to house all the foreign students that we may not, in Brexit Britain, be welcoming any more. There's a boarded-off wasteland in Digbeth, at least in the north-east corner, though I've not been in the area for several months.

I envisage locals being priced out of their homes, as the whole of Birmingham becomes London commuterland. So I rather incline towards the view that your picture shows exactly how the parts of Britain that aren't favoured by the Klept are faring. (Klept - from a William Gibson book: the current elite, which includes oligarchs infesting London, City barrer boys, the tech companies who don't pay tax and don't pay zero hours employees every week. And the likes of Rees-Smug, Boris and Trump. I'm rather thinking that you'll latch onto the term as easily and fully as I have, because it is a perfect description of the people who disparage the 'liberal elite' while pulling every lever of power, pushing every button of influence that they can lay their nasty little hands on.
saltireblue Plus
10 11.4k 70 Norway
16 Nov 2020 11:45AM
An optimist will see the possibilities for the Phoenix rising form the ruins, the pessimist will see only more evidence of how the country can no longer be salvaged form the brink it is tottering on...

At the end of the day, it is the rich and powerful who are the inevitable winners...
dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 738 England
16 Nov 2020 12:25PM
There are numrous refurbishedtrendy offices there.
Equally a lot of buildings being cleared and fancy apartments put in their place.
A whole string of car dealerships (in large premises) that have been there for decades (Peugeot, Renault, Nissan spring to mind) have had to relocate and were winding down last year because if those apartments. The Tesla dealership on the opposite side of the road may or may not have moved.
The Metro is planned to be extended into the area in the near future.
ZenTony Plus
5 4 1 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2020 6:04PM

Quote:There are numrous refurbishedtrendy offices there.
Equally a lot of buildings being cleared and fancy apartments put in their place.
A whole string of car dealerships (in large premises) that have been there for decades (Peugeot, Renault, Nissan spring to mind) have had to relocate and were winding down last year because if those apartments. The Tesla dealership on the opposite side of the road may or may not have moved.
The Metro is planned to be extended into the area in the near future.



It should be restored Keith. It's a great building and built in 1923.
Lovely old building, some wonderful textures brought out in this fine mono Tony.
Carol

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