‘Town Planning/Scorched Earth’ – Reading station 

Changing trains in the ‘airport style’ station. A survey of the town reveals wholesale transformation. A road parallel to the station entrance simply gone. A former subterranean nightclub torn open, revealing a section of its inner sanctum (all traces of late 20th century smoke having long since vanished into the ether). ‘Iconic’ high rise buildings reduced to rubble, to be replaced by new shrines to the skyline. The county town future. As with many up and down the country, smart, spacious and branded (platform barriers as advertising opportunity). Nothing (this time) is left to chance.


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