Before you read this I should point out that this is very much the batting around of forming thoughts.
I took a few pictures of Margate on Thursday, click on the link for them http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/710/id4.htm I didn’t get as much time to take pictures and walk about as I would have liked, so this is a case of making a judgment on a short visit, but I do sense some improvement.
I am happy to accept corrections here from people who visit the centre of Margate often, but there did seem less empty shops, cleaner streets, and a much stronger police presence and generally more of a feeling of hope.
I have been looking at some of the pictures of Margate I have taken over the past three years, some of the links are below, and I still get the feeling that there is an improvement. It is obvious that I need to go over there and do a more thorough job, if only for historical record. Much more like the systematic ones I took of Northdown Road last year see http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/NorthdownRoad/index.htm
This link takes you to some pictures I took of Margate in 2007
These links to pictures of Margate taken inAugust 2009
these in November 2009