Will secretlondon ruin our city?
It appears that some Londoners are afraid that their favourite spots are going to be bombarded by the 180,000 members of the facebook group. Although the arguments against this seem obvious the outrage is slowly growing as it has gone beyond the odd wall post and into the blogs.
In a blog entitled ‘Why Secret London might ruin our city’ the author argued that ‘The result, I can only assume, will be for all of those lovely little places to quickly become overcrowded and not-so-lovely little places, but that is only the beginning.’
In response to these criticisms, one secretlondon member, Kerry Tucker argued ‘Today I’ve visited three places I’ve seen mentioned here, none of them needed extra security and crowd control.’ It is clear that the fear of everyone descending on your favourite cafe at once is extreme and completely unfounded.
But this is about more than an irrational fear of having to queue for coffee. The question is whether taste should be something shared or guarded. Isn’t it elitist to keep hidden gems private? To share these places encourages independent business to thrive, which raises the level for everyone and encourages a better standard for our city. This is about building a more shared community instead of one which guards personal space. In the words of member Robert John Haughton ‘If I can get one person to step out of Starbucks and walk down the street to an independent coffee shop that I feel has a better experience then this system works.’