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Croydon, 'the post-war English Alphaville'

Just spotted that reference in a council press release on Croydon buildings in the September Open House project. I first encountered the Alphaville reference some years ago on a 'Late Show' item on ideas for redeveloping, tarting up etc Croydon, which included such, erm, 'novel' ideas as blue street lights to render cars more like the fish in Bishop Whitgift's ornamental pond. I am NOT making this up.

Anyway, it is something of an infelicitous metaphor, as in Godard's film, "the citizens of Alphaville have lost their ability to think, to communicate, and to love".

I might have a look at some of the buildings on the 16/17th, but I do not think that Croydon's entries for Openhouse would even 'merit a detour' as they have it in the Michelin guides. However, anyone with an interest in architecture and British history is urged to have a look at the Foreign Office - the interior is quite beautiful.

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