Reflections on Lime Street

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Lime Street is one of Liverpool's most important streets. It is a four-lane thoroughfare that takes you past St George's Hall and the station to which it gives it's name until it becomes Renshaw Street and heads off towards the Chinese Arch. It is also one of the most run down and neglected streets in the city centre and, despite being home to significant buildings, such as The Vines pub and the Futurist cinema, is in line for redevelopment. The Vines will stay, but a large number of buildings, spanning over a century of Liverpool history, are to be demolished. Current plans are for student residences and the kind of bland shop fronts that you can see in just about every redeveloped city. The width of this busy road makes it difficult to skip across easily and the heavy traffic makes it hostile to pedestrians, so I stuck to one side and photographed the Futurist (now sporting it's original name Picture House) and other buildings from there. Mostly, I was looking the other way, which, as it turns out, is what most people have been doing for the past two decades.

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