Crofting on New Year’s Eve

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I have always loved Stokes Croft, which channels you between my parents’ house in Horfield and the centre of Bristol. I loved it when it was grungy and a little bit dangerous, lined with all-night takeaways, massage parlours and squats. I love it now, with its late night cafes, graffiti, art studios and the occasional eccentric. Will I love it when the Carriageworks, for many years a vast derelict canvas for street art at the heart of the area, gets turned into luxury apartments? Who knows how things will change.

The photo is the view from Cafe Kino, the Tesco mural perhaps almost as photographed as Banksy’s ‘Mild Mild West’, just 20 yards further down the street. 2.15pm but the weather seems to have triggered a rather early dusk. No more sun for 2015, I don’t think.

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