Guest post by Mark Giacomin
Liverpool was nominated as the European Capital of Culture for 2008.
There has been evident urban regeneration in the area near the docks principally to encourage consumerism. However, it was noticeable that there were abandoned & dilapidated buildings if you wandered along streets away from the centre. As usual, I was armed with camera.
One of the first things I saw was the paradoxical advertising on Lime Street (Quality Student Accommodation). The Futurist Picture House (built circa 1912) is also on Lime Street & has been closed since 1982.
Carrying on up Lime Street, once you reach the intersecting corners of Berry Street/Leech Street, you will find St. Luke’s Church (built between 1811-1832). It was damaged by an incendiary device during World War Two & exists as a burnt-out shell.
If you continue along Berry Street as & head towards Chinatown. Almost within the shadow of the Chinatown arch I took a photo of a door. It is not in use other than to bear flyers, two of which are Shakespearean…tragedy or comedy?
I turned around & went left into Duke Street, where you are treated to the enigmatically named Europleasure International Ltd building.
The following photos were taken as I traversed the various parallel streets either side of Duke Street. The juxtaposition of art/social commentary versus neglect of the buildings appealed to me.
‘Art of War’ & ‘Chewbacca’ seem to be merging into their backgrounds.
With ‘Do You Feel Lonely’, I like to think that question is for the building & with ‘Do You Like Your Neighbours’…what neighbours?
‘Green Tiger’ & ‘Blue’ provide a splash of colour against mundane backgrounds.
Even the pop up sale had been abandoned!
The car park sign was especially cryptic, there was no car park!
I took four photos by Canning Dock. The first two are of the Great Western Railway warehouses (built circa 1890). I thought at the time it was odd as there were no train tracks. GWR used have cargo unloaded from boats to transport to other locations. Next one is the Edmund Gardner pilot cutter in dry dock. Last one is of a control panel inside the watchman’s hut.
Finally, perhaps the oddest photo & story of them all. It has been alleged that Liverpool Football Club, either directly or indirectly through third parties, has engineered the purchases of nearby properties (especially in Lothair Road) for well over a decade then intentionally leaving them uninhabited for an eventual stadium expansion. So much for the beautiful game.