Weaver House, fulcrum of London urban and global transformation, a major case for geodata, and just plain interesting

Our friends moved into a new place just over from Brick Lane. It immediately struck as the most fascinating spot in London.

photo used with permission of Chris Daniel

Weaver House is in the foreground of Canary Wharf. The gherkin and the City are on the right. The bizarre house on stilts is probably a railway signal box, and is an acknowledged alt-london cliche. From their flat on the top floor, there’s wide open spaces of urban decay surrounding, fringed by brick lane arts and bagels, with vistas of encroaching skyward commerce. Spitalfields City Farm is behind the back.

photo by uriba

Behind that neighbor goat is Weaver House, and the strange signal box stilt house.

There’s a lot of activity in the rail yards surrounding Weaver House. The Crossrail and new East London lines and others are making huge changes to transport in London, especially in preparation for the 2012 Olympics. The tube map might look like this by then. Nearby Shoreditch Tube Station had closed just a few months ago. What was going on around here? Curious.

eastlondon-line-leaflet

After a little digging I found out a whole lot more. Urban oasis and smashed dreams in part 2 tomorrow

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  1. Random Etc. : Blog Archive : Chance Encounters said,

    November 21, 2006 @ 1:39 am

    […] Mikel Maron is writing up the fascinating things he’s found out about a friend’s new place in Weaver House in London’s east end (see also parts 2, 3, 4 and 5).  We were there on Thursday and it truly is a bizarre spot for a building.  Today someone found my photo of it on Flickr, and it turns out he used to live there. In related news, someone spotted her husband’s car in my Youtube video of Sycamore Speedway in Illinois. The internet is amazing! […]

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