Last weekend I visited the Shard.
It was not a great day for a view.
However, it was suitable for gaining an impression.
What you can see is the numerous high -rise building that are going up.
These contrast greatly with the low buildings around south London.
Here green spaces were part of the environment.
There is a sense of community.
Are we planning for this today?
Buildings now have short “shelf life”.
Yes , there is a “wow factor” in buildings like the Shard and The Gherkin.
Just as impressive was the beautiful view of the Thames as it wound its way through the built up areas, joining the old to the new.
This will never change
We need this.
The Thames was, and still is, the centre of London life.
As we look to a new year may we embrace the good of the past as well as the excitement of the new.