The last redoubts of the old King’s Cross
I’ve worked at King’s Cross for close to 50 years, and lived here for a while too. I won’t be the only local who cheered at Suzanne Moore’s article (G2, 6 November) about how she missed the wildness and the people of the old, pre-“development”
King’s Cross. There was a detailed alternative community plan to reuse the derelict railway lands for socially useful purposes, while leaving the non-derelict occupied areas in place. Money spoke, however, leading to the loss of some existing (genuinely) affordable homes, and the plonking down of corporate headquarters.
But not everything that typified the old down-to-earth community here has been driven out. For example, next year the 5 Caledonian Road building of which I’m a trustee – and which did its bit to frustrate the property developers on this patch by, almost uniquely, refusing to sell up to allow demolition of this corner of The Cross – celebrates 60 years as a progressive resource for both the locality and the wider world. Suzanne will be welcome to the party.
King’s Cross, London