A blog raveled in randomness
What makes a good city? I know I have yet to experience and learn more from my future, but based on my not-so-vast past, I think a city should incoporate the old and the new. If the city has not developed much in infrastructure, then the efficiency of transportation decreases in relation with growing public frustration. However if the city is always developing and changing their sites by demolishing the old, then what is left of our cultural and historical grounds? I also fear that the younger generations will be afraid of Earth’s soil due to the cement we pour for a modernised city, but that is for another story. So like in any situations in life, it is all about balance. Not a little more to left or to the right, but right in the middle of the swaying balance.
So what does London have that Hong Kong does not cherish well? In my opinion (and architecturally speaking), Hong Kong is all about ‘change, change, change’ while London is mostly about ‘keep, keep, keep’. Am I saying that they’re both bad approaches towards building a city–no. They are just different modes in developing a city, and if you ask which one I prefer, it would be London. Despite the fact that London is expensive overall compared to Hong Kong, I like that the city had kept its cultural grounds firmly for visitors and locals to see. And I am not only talking about those beautiful warm gardens or those magnificent museums/galleries, but also the recordings on buildings of who lived here in London. The following are some that I have photographed in Central London:
1. Robert Nesta ‘Bob’ Marley (1945-1981)
2. Charles Darwin (1809-1882)
3. T. S. Eliot (1925-1965)
4. John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946)
Hong Kong does have small museums dedicated to historical figures and few buildings built in the nineteenth century, but it is too little compared to London. Other than the fact that UK did have a flourishing history compared to most Asian countries, London incorporated the old and the new at the heart of a busy city. These blue plaques might seem to be small contributions, but it does help a lot for us to know who was who. With the power of internet, it is not hard to search the name and their accomplishments. Do not be fooled by their small facade because they are hidden treasures that you luckily stumble upon in London!