In a very interesting piece, the Guardian explains the historical background to a demonstration in Norton Folgate - linking Bishopsgate to Shoreditch High Street - in which 500 people turned up on Sunday to join hands in symbolic protest of plans to demolish and rebuild. In the 18th Century, the area received a legal “freedom” from the City, a kind of independence. In the 1970s, it survived a clash with British Land, thanks to a campaign that featured contributions from Dan Cruikshank and John Betjeman. Now, whether it survives in the face of pressure to build more high-rise “perfume bottles”, is being seen as a symbol of a battle for the very identity of the capital. Read it here.
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