A Species Going Extinct: British Pubs

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    Feb 18, 2014 1:31 AM GMT
    LONDON — One by one, the pubs are disappearing in Hampstead, a jewel-box village of cobbled lanes and Georgian homes that has become one of this city’s most fashionable neighborhoods. The Nags Head has become a realty office. The King of Bohemia is now a clothing shop. The Hare & Hounds has been replaced with an apartment building.

    Changing economics and shifting tastes have claimed roughly one out of every five pubs during the last two decades in Britain, and things are growing worse. Since the 2008 financial crisis, 7,000 have shut, leaving some small communities confronting unthinkable: life without a “local,” as pubs are known.

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/17/business/international/saving-an-endangered-british-species-the-pub.html?src=me&ref=general
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    Feb 18, 2014 1:42 AM GMT
    There go the neighborhood
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    Feb 18, 2014 1:45 AM GMT
    This has spurred the British government into action. New legislation is letting people petition to have a pub designated an “asset of community value,” a status that provides a degree of protection from demolition and helps community groups buy pubs themselves, rather than seeing them get snatched up by real estate developers eager to convert them for other uses or tear them down. Since the Ivy House, a beloved local in south London, became the first to receive the designation last year, roughly 300 others have followed suit.
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    Feb 18, 2014 2:49 AM GMT
    So.. more TGI Fridays coming in?
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    Feb 18, 2014 2:52 AM GMT
    The traditional pub is being squeezed as never before, even after George Osborne, chancellor of the Exchequer, reversed course last March and reduced the tax paid on every pint of beer, by a penny. Antismoking laws are keeping smokers away. Cut-price beer for sale at supermarkets is eating into business. In London, the upward spiral of real estate prices has made pubs attractive targets for developers.