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So people were wading through the slurry to get to work. Dodging the carts and carriages; navigating the streets was daunting … Railways engineers were asked for a solution … A radical idea: to run trains under the streets. Ian Hislop’s Trains that Changed the World II, Channel 5 2021
I like the stink of the streets – it makes me feel good. I like the smell and it opens up my lungs. And it gives me a hard-on. Once Upon a Time in America 1984 ***** starring Robert De Niro & James Woods & Joe Pesci & Elizabeth McGovern & Burt Young & Tuesday Weld & Treat Williams et al, director Sergio Leone, Noodles to Max
My nigger … You gotta hear the street, you gotta smell it, you know, you gotta taste that shit, feel it. Training Day 2001 starring Denzel Washington & Ethan Hawke & Scott Glenn & Tom Berenger & Harris Yulin & Raymond Barry & Cliff Curtis & Dr Dre & Snoop Dogg & Macy Gray & Charlotte Ayanna & Eva Mendes et al, director Antoine Fuqua, Washington to Hawke
I walk the streets at night now. The Brave One 2007 starring Jodie Foster & Terrence Howard & Naveen Andrews & Nicky Katt & Zoe Kravitz & Mary Steenburgen & Jane Adams & Dana Esckelson et al, director Neil Jordan
Grab your coat, and get your hat,
Leave your worry [alt. worries] on the doorstep
Just direct your feet
To the sunny side of the street. Jimmy McHugh & Dorothy Fields, Sunny Side of the Street
I’m leaning on a lamp-post at the corner of the street,
In case a certain little lady comes by. George Formby, Leaning on a Lamp-Post, 1937
Underneath the Arches,
I dream my dreams away,
Underneath the Arches,
On cobble-stones I lay … Bud Flanagan, song
These streets they looked rough. And there were rats. But life was quite good here. Ken Loach, The Wednesday Play: Cathy Come Home, story Jeremy Sandford ***** Cathy’s commentary, BBC 1966
What kind of sick individual names a street Edgewood Way and he puts it half a mile away from Edgewood Lane? Get Out 2017 starring Daniel Kaluuya & Zailand Adams & Allison Williams & Catherine Keener & Bradley Whitford & Caleb Landry Jones & Stephen Root & Lakeith Stanfield & Lil Rel Howery & Erika Alexander & Marcus Henderson & Betty Gabriel et al, director Jordan Peele, opening scene
Oxford Street, London: Britain’s busiest high street. With over two hundred stores taking billions of pounds a year. Three million visitors come here every week, making it one of the liveliest streets in the country. It’s home to an army of workers, shop assistants, cleaners, police, and underground staff, working twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to make sure it’s always open for business. Oxford Street 24/7 aka Inside Oxford Street I, Channel 5 2018
Bringing in the shoppers are four underground tube stations. The busiest right in the middle is Oxford Circus, with three tube lines handling over eighty million people a year. ibid.
Police are back on the trail of some of the Street’s most persistent criminals. ibid.
It’s all about the workers who keep Oxford Street up and running … The night bus inspectors also have their work cut out. Oxford Street 24/7 aka Inside Oxford Street II
70% of shop thefts are committed by drug addicts. ibid.
Oxford Street swelters as record temperatures hit London. 30,000 party people are hot to trot as they celebrate Pride. And police and the council launch an operation to rescue the street’s dogs. Oxford Street 24/7 aka Inside Oxford Street III
‘Pride is the third biggest event London hosts.’ ibid. St John ambulance chap
30,000 in the parade alone. ibid.
Christmas is coming to Oxford Street. The lights are going up on Britain’s busiest high street. With more than a million extra visitors expected each week things don’t always go smoothly. Oxford Street 24/7 at Christmas aka Oxford Street IV
The last customers are leaving but work on the Street never stops. ibid.
Selfridges’ flagship store: founded in 1909 it’s the second largest shop in the UK after Harrods. ibid.
But the shops will only be closed for one day because now they’ll be getting ready for the next big event: the January sales. ibid.
Potholes are driving Britain mad. They cause rage. Rows. And road works. Costing billions of pounds to repair and injuring hundreds of people. There’s a pothole war raging on Britain’s roads. Some councils say they are at financial breaking point. Pothole Wars, ITV 2018
‘I’ve had a knife pulled on me and headbutted and a few other things.’ ibid. Glen the repair man
[Potholes] cost UK drivers a whopping £1.7 billion a year. ibid.
Carnaby Street: the most famous shopping street in the world. Bradley Wiggins on Mods, Sky Arts 2019
Baltimore landslide: ‘And I can remember just seeing the vehicles goes down, and they’re sinking, and sinking, and in a moment we watched that whole side of the street explode, and it hit like a mortar round, like boom!’ Massive Engineering Mistakes s1e1, Quest 2020
How safe are our streets? The problem behaviour causing sleepless nights. What’s being done to stop it? And the communities fighting back … In some areas an old problem is on the rise again. Since lockdown began last March police have reported a sharp increase in anti-social behaviour with incidents plaguing towns and cities. Tonight: Antisocial Britain: Trouble on the Streets, ITV 2021
Britain’s filthy streets. The worrying rise in pandemic plastic. The foulest waste under our feet. And cleaning up the next generation … Every day it’s estimated that over two million pieces of litter are dropped in the UK. And street cleaning costs the taxpayer more than one billion pounds annually. Tonight: Britain’s Filthy Streets, ITV 2021
One London shopping street is out of this world. It has more luxury brands than any other half-mile on Earth. Bond Street’s a hot-spot of celebrity. Worth billions, the most expensive retail street in Europe with dazzling diamonds, fabulous fashion and millionaire motors. Billion Pound Bond Street, ITV 2021
London in 1886: then the largest city in human history and the centre of the known world. The Secret History of our Streets s1e1: Deptford High Street, BBC 2012
Charles Booth, Victorian London’s social explorer. Booth produced a series of pioneering maps that colour-coded the streets of his London according to the ever shifting class of its residents. ibid.
The story of Deptford High Street is a story of how it lost both its wealth and the community which had given it life. ibid.
Post-war prosperity rejuvenates Deptford. ibid.
They make a propaganda film arguing for the destruction of nineteenth century London: Deptford 1943. ibid.
A vast modernist social experiment is to be carried out in the working-class east and south. ibid.
Deptford Council comes up with a plan to close down its market. ibid.
The residents weren’t shown these maps and they were never consulted about these plans to pull down the streets ... Near total destruction of its past. ibid.
Reginald Road: the health inspectors’ verdicts are kept private; three years on Reginald is declared a slum and residents are instructed to leave. ibid.
Built for them in the Georgian era but fell into a steep decline when it was abandoned by them. A century later the middle classes returned to restore it. The Secret History of Our Streets s1e2: Camberwell Grove
Four miles from the centre of London lies Camberwell Grove ... built in Georgian and Regency times ... You enter another world. ibid.
In the 1860s the railway cut into Camberwell Grove. ibid.
In 1951 nearly half a million households in London were still without a bath which was plugged into the mains. ibid.
Between 1967 and 1976, 70,000 houses were demolished in London. ibid.
By the mid-70s the vast new Ayelsbury estate ... was already suffering from its severe design flaws. ibid.