‘A New Town In An Old Town’ – Reading

Walking from the station to the the ‘temple to retail’ (the Oracle). A cultural change reflected in the smoke-free, pedestrianised streets. The roar of local traffic now airbrushed out by council planners. Coffee chains and cycle hire reflecting the leisure industry that has long since replaced the bustling market town deliveries. Buildings from the ’90s, dwarfed by the new architecture, already seemingly as archaic as the remains of an office block from the ’70s. The speed of change v the replacement of carbon (monoxide) chaos, paradoxically resulting in a slightly sterile and sedate consumer environment.


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