Yesterday, we met up with friends and took a walk from their house to Left Bank, which is a distance of some two miles. Some of it is through green spaces and the building at the end was definitely worth a visit.
The specific reason for going to the venue was to see the opening day of a friend’s exhibition. I’d already had a glimpse of the paintings but never even noticed this building before, even though I’ve passed it hundreds of times, including on foot.
Another building, further up the road, which I had also never before noticed, was
the bear pit. My friend pointed it out to me but knew of no other details. Presumably the building must be on private land, otherwise surely there would be a council sign – possibly saying to keep-out. The site does not currently look at its safest, though going on its history, for some it would never have been that.
In spite of all the discoveries and catching up with people we hadn’t seen for a while, there was a slight downside to the trip: the noise from the traffic. Most of the walk was along urban roads and at times with vehicles thundering past we practically had to shout to make ourselves heard. This must be the first time I’ve experienced so many unwanted decibels since lockdown – most certainly for my daughter, too.
Which brings me onto the piece which inspired this post: Scientists discover a major lasting benefit of growing up outside the city. I’m so glad I moved us out of metropolitan Leeds when my daughter was a toddler. We had lived very close to green spaces before buying the house in a village but a walk round Kirkstall Abbey, for example, still leaves a person surrounded by urban sprawl.
We haven’t been there for a long while, it has to be said. So, urban sprawl or no, next time we are heading that way, we might just stop off for a quick wander (if only down memory lane).