These pics were taken in the newly fashionable are of Marylebone.
OLD AND NEW
The first pic is of a 19th century industrial/warehosue building adapted to retail (Conran Shop) at ground floor and restaurant (The Orrery) on the first floor. Note the very PC family wagon.
OLD AND NEW LOOKING OLD
Seen from the other end, the Orrery is on the left. The corner shop site, part of an oldish terrace of houses is now a very fancy deli. BEautifully appointed insside. Very neighborly-looking.
(NOT SO) PLAIN OLD
Frontal of the small terrace of (4-5) small houses. Nice ornament, scale, homyness, in the middle of a vibrtant urban neighborhood.
NO LONGER NEW
Nothing wrong with this urbanistically speaking, but an altogether much less sympathetic building. Oddly, many of the materials/colors are similar and the scale not toodissimilar. But clerly built under the dictate that under no circumstances could these buildings look old that would be 'dishonest' then). Just does not compare, does it?