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Toxteth. Liverpool

Posted in Uncategorized by humanendeavour photography on June 29, 2010

Oliver Perrott has been investigating Toxteth in Liverpool. The area is probably most well known for the Toxteth riots in 1981, now however there are many streets left boarded up awaiting regeneration. Extensive regeneration has taken place in Toxteth over the last few years, including demolition of many of the Victorian terraces in the area creating much new development, particularly aimed at middle class people. The most recent scheme, costing £54 million, will see the clearance of 11 streets near Princess Park, nicknamed the “Welsh Streets” due to the streets being built and lived in by the Welsh workers who built a large percentage of buildings around Liverpool city in the 19th century and around the turn of the 20th century. The streets were named after Welsh towns and villages because of this.

The Welsh Streets had been one of Liverpool’s popular landmarks, but were condemned for demolition, despite dating back to the 1880s, allegedly because many were in poor condition and lacked basic amenities. The demolition is highly contentious, with many taking the view that the houses are fundamentally sound, and it has been proved that renovation would be preferable and cheaper.

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