Above Ground on the London Underground: A half a mile & a world away from Grenfell Towers
What a difference a few blocks make.
Another heartbreaking week for England, and Londoners in particular. Watching BBC World News while the 24 story Grenfell apartment building went up in flames was horrifying. Thinking about all the people, families with children fast asleep in their beds as the fire consumed the tower, floor by floor, heart-wrenching for all. Reading the tweets put out by a hateful few, immediately blaming terrorists, was sickening, disturbing and depressing.
Elgin Crescent is just a few blocks away from Grenfell Tower
As I prepare this post, there are 30 confirmed deaths and many, many people still missing. The death toll will surely rise—some say as high as 100—but it's clear the cause is not terrorism, but negligence on the part of the council's building management that is to blame. The building, situated in an otherwise fairly affluent area, is council housing, flats allocated for the unemployed and underemployed.
Nehru, India's 1st prime minister lived here in 1910 & 1912
An Elgin Crescent row home getting a fresh coat of paint.
Pretty in Pink ... but it needs a touch up too.
It's a touch unsettling to know that just a few blocks away—less than half a mile—there was a very different kind of housing, catering to people of very different means than those who can afford Elgin Crescent. In Elgin Crescent, homes are maintained, cared for, kept up. They mostly get painted when they need to be painted. Tragically, at Grenfell, maintenance, left to the council, appears not to have been as high a priority.
The Zoopla estimate on this home is £4,989,000 GULP!
A safe place to live shouldn't have to cost a fortune.
Simply a horrible catastrophe that could have been easily prevented. The Queen has visited, the Prime Minister has called for an investigation and Scotland Yard is now doing exactly that. The council has already indicated they won't be using that material again; but for those who lost their lives in the blaze, and the friends and loved ones they left behind, that is far too little, and far too late.
Ironically residents of both the posh Elgin Crescent and Grenfell Tower would likely have used the same Underground Station. The Latimer Road Station.
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