A tree grows from the window of a semi-derelict Electric Avenue property

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Now a pale shadow of its former glory as a prestigious shopping street, some of the buildings in Electric Avenue, Brixton are in a very poor state indeed.

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Built in the late 188sos, this building on the corner of Electric Avenue and Atlantic Road has been as empty for as long as I can recall – a disgraceful situation given the homelessness in the area.

With windows often remaining broken for years, there’s moss growing around the frames, and even a small tree can be seen growing out of the second floor window.

A tree grows from the window of a semi-derelict Electric Avenue property

Elegant cast iron canopies once lined both sides of Electric Avenue, but the ground floor now looks in particularly ramshackle condition.

Now trading under the name of Nasseri Quality Fruit & Veg, the shop was previously used by the fabulously named Kashmir Yam Boys, and back in the 70s as a clothes shop, advertising ‘overcoats from £3.’

A tree grows from the window of a semi-derelict Electric Avenue property

A poster on urban75 commentated on the building’s plight:

It’s a shocking situation.  Mainly in terms of homelessness  But also in the sheer contempt it shows from the owner toward the neighbourhood.

Perhaps there is the hope somewhere on the horizon though, as another poster added:

They’re putting in a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore the buildings to their former glory, and bring the residential parts that are currently not being used back into use:

http://www.hlf.org.uk/news/Pages/BrixtonsInForLotteryBoost.aspx#

A tree grows from the window of a semi-derelict Electric Avenue property

View looking along Electric Avenue taken from the adjacent Brixton railway station.

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