Regeneration of King’s CrossSpeculative Design
Before I moved to London and took up residence in King’s Cross, my limited acquaintance to this train station is Harry Potter’s platform 9 ¾ taking Hogwarts Express. Here is a comfortable area to live in, relatively affordable rent, easy commute, lovely bars and stores everywhere and tranquil Regent Canal for strolling along. But just three years ago, Kings Cross underwent one of the largest urban regeneration projects in London, and the street view here was changing because of the project.
In the past, King’s Cross was famed for its late night parties, greasy storefront eateries and adult entertainment, it was London’s biggest red light district. But when lockout laws were introduced in 2014, things were turning around. The late-night clubs and brothels are gradually replaced by small bars, restaurants and apartments, and Kings Cross residents were really thankful for the laws to make crime rate plummet.
Nowadays, this area has undergone gentrification totally. People come to King’s Cross for working, going to art school, taking international train lines and enjoying live music. But for Londoners grew up in the 70s and 80s, they probably re-visit here for the memories of its seedy past, from prostitutes and pimps to down and outs and drug dealers, brilliant electro and house music clubs, all of these yesteryear images were sadly gone to make way for the regeneration and only existed in people’s mind.