Monocolumn: The Real Renaissance of King’s Cross
An urban rejuvenation project focusing on the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London hopes to begin the process of restoring this slightly seedy neighborhood to its former glory.
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Set for a grand opening on 5 May, the eagerly anticipated St Pancras Renaissance Hotel is the exclamation point to decades of rejuvenation and billions of pounds in private and public investment in London’s decaying King’s Cross neighbourhood. Transforming an area once known for its street prostitutes, congested traffic and fast food outlets into a dynamic, attractive place has been a lengthy project. The question now is will Londoners learn to love the area and make a point of sticking around instead of just changing tube lines here?