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article imageUrban regeneration: Taking a look at King's Cross Special

By Tim Sandle     Apr 14, 2013 in Travel
The King's Cross area of London had an unsavory reputation for many decades. In recent years this area of North London has undergone regeneration, and there is more to come.
King's Cross is an area of central London bordering north-eastern Bloomsbury, divided between the Boroughs of Camden and Islington (for readers of Harry Potter, King's Cross is where the young wizard boards the train for Hogwarts).
After World War II, the area declined from being a poor but busy industrial and distribution services district to a partially abandoned post-industrial district. By the 1980s it was notorious for prostitution and drug abuse.
Since the 2000s several regeneration projects have been underway. These began with a re-development of the railway station.
One of the older and abandoned buildings can be seen below:
One of the derelict buildings in London s King s Cross
One of the derelict buildings in London's King's Cross
The King s Cross railway station and London Underground terminal
The King's Cross railway station and London Underground terminal
The regeneration project will result in 50 new buildings, 2,000 new homes, 20 new streets, 10 new public squares throughout 67 acres.
The area has increasingly become home to cultural establishments, such as the London Canal Museum and several bars and restaurants:
A renovated building housing an art school and cafe in King s Cross
A renovated building housing an art school and cafe in King's Cross
Nearby there are fountains, which I've shot at close range:
One of the water features at King s Cross  a row of bubbling fountains
One of the water features at King's Cross, a row of bubbling fountains
And places to sit, with free Wi-Fi along London's newest boulevard:
Bright yellow seats within a free Wi-Fi zone
Bright yellow seats within a free Wi-Fi zone
Old London is not too far away, with the Regents Park Canal running through the area. The area is still widely used by narrow-boat enthusiasts:
Regents Canal  with boats
Regents Canal, with boats
And there are one or two resident swans:
A swan glides along Regents Canal
A swan glides along Regents Canal
Whilst the area is improving, further re-development is taking place (the aim is to complete by 2015):
Building works underway at King s Cross  April 2013
Building works underway at King's Cross, April 2013
Which will transform old buildings into ones like this, the near gymnasium:
A new building  close to St Pancras station
A new building, close to St Pancras station
Nearby is the already restored St Pancras station, where many of the neo-Gothic inspired features have been retained:
St Pancras station  London. The start of the Eurostar train
St Pancras station, London. The start of the Eurostar train
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