The last re­doubts of the old King’s Cross

The Guardian - Journal - - Letters -

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.

Al­bert Beale

King’s Cross, Lon­don

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