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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Monday, July 23, 2007
    Discarding Chavasse

    Searching for responses to this Private Eye piece online I'm struck by the polarisation between the champions (and beneficiaries) of the new build and what they call the Heritage Lobby... people who raise issues like those above are deemed to be standing in the way of erm, inevitable progress. If the debate could cool a little then we might get to feel some interesting nuances, like for instance the sense that in his day Chavasse (and his father) were champions (and beneficiaries) of the new build and that the Americanisation of Liverpool happened many years ago - which is why when you stand on Dale Street beneath many of our old 'iconic' buildings you might be in New York. That said, I have to agree with Piloti: names are important and if regeneration and blandness must walk hand in hand then I hope they take a route out of here.