Afternoon Dust

Holes

In a densely occupied city like Birmingham, sometimes you have to strain your neck to see the sky, tall buildings blocking the view on almost every side. Sometimes, however, a demolition will clear a wide open path to the clouds. Coming across one of these views, where I’d gotten used to seeing another brick or concrete fa├žade, can be quite jolting. The above space used to belong to a leisure complex offering ten-pin bowling and skating; now it is a hole, filled with sky. A billboard at the end of the street indicates that it is destined to become student housing.

This used to be an NHS centre, before becoming a hole. (We don’t mind, we’ve got a nice new one just up the road.) I’m not sure yet what’s going to be here, but for now the view is nice.