Thursday, June 25, 2009

Urban Gentrification Machine

Remove unwanted street clutter including stone cladding, backlit signs, fast food shops and people with this handy interactive Urban Gentrification Machine from English Heritage, available via The Guardian.

You too can live in leafy Barnsbury at the touch of a button if you follow the steps correctly. Remember, artificial stone cladding is not just aesthetically wrong, it's morally wrong too. If you like it you are a degenerate and a pervert. Move out. Leave this place for the decent folk.

(Above and top: before and after screen shots from how to 'improve' your street.)

p.s. Apologies to anyone who thought this topic was exhausted on twitter. I thought it needed posting.


Markasaurus said...

It's hard to believe this is real. I especially like the part where you wave the cursor over a shop and it magically turns into a fancy boutique! Overall, the "before" picture looks much more fun than the
"improved" version.

Charles Holland said...

Mark, I've decided to award you a prize as yours is the first comment left on this blog in about six posts. I've decided that the prize is a coca cola chuppa chup. I'll send it to you.

As for the content, yes it is amazing isn't it, and all the more insidious for the how-could-you-argue-with-this way in which it is presented.