Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Once upon a time it was a pub
The sad state of the former Deptford Arms, which closed last month after at least 150 years of drinking, socialising, music making, meetings and much more. Will history be made in the bookies that is set to replace it? I doubt it.
While I have previously voiced concern about the potential gentrification of Deptford High Street, to the extent that I would hate to see it become an extension of Greenwich, the equally threatening opposite pole is its social decay whereby public spaces such as pubs are turned over to the crudest ways of extracting money from the poor - bookies, pawn shops etc.