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The deep south

Despite the arrival of the Millenium Dome southeast London remains compellingly awful

By CAR Hills   May 1998

Every week I go on a journey. It is the afternoon. I stand on the railway bridge and watch the approach of the two-carriage train which takes me from Wandsworth Road to southeast London. We pass the boarded-up station house at Clapham High Street; the gaping windows of terraced houses soon to be demolished. Then at Brixton, in the valley of the Effra, just past the 1880 clock tower, the landscape opens out onto a panorama of towers and hills.

At Peckham Rye I move to a larger but emptier train. The low hills provide an amphitheatre (“three long lumps…

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