Leith Street to Princes Street via St James
Carrying on from yesterday’s post Regent’s Road to Calton Road, today we’ll head from Leith Street to Princes Street via the St James Centre, a huge concrete monstrosity in the centre of the city that we’ll rip apart in another post.
Emerging from the gloom of Calton Road you arrive at Leith Street, a hugely busy area linking the east end of Princes Street to the top of Leith. It’s a busy area with the Omni Centre, Edinburgh Playhouse and loads of clubs and bars. One of the most recognisable sights here is the Leith Street Bridge, giving access to the St James Centre from Leith Street. The old bridge here was, shall we say, functional and little else, this one though is a striking structure in it’s own right.
Like I’ve said, the bridge gives you access to St James Centre, a large indoor shopping area, quite dated by today’s standards. I took this shot as I walked past these 3, not really looking thinking just another 3 wee neds hanging about up to no good, funnily enough though when I looked closer the guy sat on the steps has a Nikon DSLR around his neck, not something your average wee ned would be walking about with, the preconceptions of living in the city.
I did take some shots in St James but since it’s private property the security guards would have been on me like a shot no doubt, didn’t get anything I’m happy to post so that’s why we conveniently skip the interior and head out to Multrees Walk! This used to be all bus station years ago, the station is still here but that’s another photography no-go zone for some reason. Multrees Walk with it’s upmarket (overpriced) shops also has a reputation for giving street photographers greif, again the area is privately owned. No big deal really, it’s a featureless area with little photographic merit anyway!
Crossing the road from Multrees Walk brings you to St Andrews Square, via the roadworks of course. The square is currently occupied with the anti-capitalism protesters, who obviously don’t have jobs to go to…
Walk through the square and cross the road, you’ll be at the start of Rose Street, once famous for the pubs along it’s length and the pubs crawls that could be had it’s changed a lot in recent years. Running parallel to Princes Street and George Street it’s nearly all pedestrianised and easier to get along.
And via Hanover Street and back onto Princes Street where the tram works continue to embarrass the city. A striking example of how to waste public money this has been going on for years now, ripping the heart out of the city for a single tram line running from the airport to St Andrews Square at a cost of over £600 million that the public don’t want. Cleared away for the festival it all came back with causing massive transport disruption to the city again only for it to be cleared again as the Christmas tourist season kicks off, no doubt to return in January. They call the National Monument on Calton Hill, Edinburgh’s Disgrace, really, this is the disgrace that Edinburgh council should be ashamed of.