Saturday, August 23, 2008

RAMSEY, PARLIAMENT STREET

As my skywatch photo yesterday was just so picturesque, a real postcard type image I thought I
needed to redress the balance a little. So who's for a spot of realism?Nature reserves are all very well but we need the guts of the town in some shots too.

This is one of many building along Parliament Street, Ramsey that is currently up for sale. Parliament Street is the main high street of Ramsey, where the majority of shops, pubs banks etc are. This is the top half. The underneath is presently a second hand shop which seems to be permanently closed, although there are goods for sale inside. It's been on the market now for quite a few months. A you can see this is what you would call Prime Real Estate. It's central for starters. It has double fronted windows and as you can see by the upper level alone tons of space. I mean this is prime for a flat conversion and retail outlet underneath. So any budding business types out there, forget Douglas, come to Ramsey. If you could make it an Italian restaurant that would be perfect. Cheers.

This shot was a nightmare to take. I was on the other side of road, dodging the cars and vans that kept getting in the way. I also had the wide angled lens on which is really for landscapes so I was a bit to close in. If you find yourself in this position, never shoot straight onto the building. always shoot at an angle, keeping the bottom part as your line. If you lean back you get the nice slope of the roof too. By the way have you noticed those row of lights? Yes they are Christmas lights, they just never take them down. Don't ask. I've clueless myself.

Do you have building like this in your town?

Oh one more thing. The motorbikes are back. Yippe! The Manx Grand Prix is upon us so be warned I feel some bikes shot coming up. Now they really are pretty!

16 comments:

Laurie said...

I love this building. When was it built? Those squarish arches are interesting and the minimal decoration just makes it look sharp.

You know how I adore B&W!

There are some lovely storefronts in South Pas on Mission Street that are old (for our neck of the woods) and interesting. And Pasadena is loaded with them in Old Town.

Love your commentary almost as much as your photos, Babooshka.

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

yes, it is an grandlooking building, but is there a market in isle of man for new businesses? and italian restaurants? in hania, the only thing that opens up is cafe bars, and they close down after a short period!

Ch√Ęteau-Gontierdailyphoto said...

Nice style of construction. Good choice to show us in B&W. Nice picture.

JAMJARSUPERSTAR said...

I'd love a shop - how much is this one on offer for? Hey maybe me and you could open a record store and ditch everything else lol!?

Heh heh no I'm quite happy doing what I'm doing - love the black and white effect on this though, it makes it look really old-timey...
Ciao

Scarlet x

RAMSEY RESIDENT said...

We need to save the shops here. Thanks.

ft. lauderdale daily photo said...

Looks like a perfect spot for a downtown eatery. The black and white does it justice, too. Yesterday's photo, by the way, was quite amazing.

Eki Akhwan said...

Somehow I'm always fascinated by windows like these ...

Nice advertisement for your city's prime real estate, Babooshka!

Breesha,pORT ERIN said...

No one will buy it ever. That's just Ramsey. The money goes to Douglas. Amazing Sulby River below.

laxeylass said...

Laxey has the same problem. Since it has got worse. Only Douglas gets any help.

Old Wom Tigley said...

We have many dead shops about Hyde... it's such a shame to see them going to waste... hopefully a decent shop with be forthcoming and not another smelly take away... we have far to many of those.
Ha! they do make good subjects for the camera though..;o)

Louis la Vache said...

That building has nice lines. "Louis" can visualize several projects for it. The Italian restaurant idea is a good one, too, Babooshka. "Louis" hopes this fine old building soon finds itself recycled!

Kelly said...

Beautiful building. We have so many retail spaces empty here that it is beyond alarming. Still, more are being built. It is a crazy world!

Gail's Man said...

Yep, Nottingham has quite a lot of empty shops, offices & apartments. Someones making a fortune from making "For Sale" or "For rent" signs!

BRAD , bOSTON. said...

Downtown is the same old scene. You got a cool edge on this building.

Knoxville Girl said...

Downtown Knoxville has empty buildings, but much less than ten years ago. This building has such potential for revival.

sam said...

Same the world over. It's tax breaks.
If it's not big city bucks, no one cares.

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