Tuesday 28 April 2009

Before leaving the underpass

Before leaving the subject of the underpass featured in yesterday's post, take a look at that noticeboard, visible as you descend into the tiled underworld. It reads SITE ACQUIRED FOR GENERAL MOTORS DEALERSHIP FROM KIER PROPERTY.

And that chimney in the background belongs to Britain’s biggest incinerator, currently greenwashed as ‘the London EcoPark’. One report implicates it in increased infant mortality.

So this picture has it all - air pollution, car dependency, the hellish multiple lane landscape of the North Circular, and pedestrians and cyclists sent into a gloomy, graffiti-spattered subway to keep them out of the way of those all-important motorists. Welcome to the borough that claims it intends to become the Greenest in London.