19.5.05

East Street.

East Street in Bedminster is an absolute flea pit. The classic trashy high steet: pawn shops, gambling arcades, secondhand charity shops... and then the usual cheap clothing stores, the butchers/grocers and other hotch potch outlets. There's been a lot of redevelopment recently, as the area's apparently become fashionable (although for what reason, I do not know); yet, they're still allowing new businesses to start up that sell astonishingly cheap alcohol, or just entice people to walk in and gamble away their dole money.

If the council had the balls to stop these places from establishing themselves, and started encouraging slightly more socially positive businesses to take their place, then maybe the levels of crime and general shitty atmosphere that leaks from Bedminster would disappear overnight.