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Saturday, December 6th, 2008
3:28 pm
[your_local_blog]
Hemel Hempstead: Rainbows & Crystal Balls

It's quite possible that since Hemel Hempstead became a New Town it has been acting as a barometer, giving us clues as to what the country's financial situation will be in a couple of years time.

Put simply, it appears that whenever Hemel tries to regenerate, or at least keep up with other towns, a recession is bound to follow.

Case one: When in the late eighties/early nineties Hemel changed from this: to this and this
the UK plunged into a dramatic bust and recession, marked by the infamous Black Wednesday and Hemel became a ghost town, mainly populated by discount stores and pound shops. .

Several years passed by, the economic climate was good, and Hemel Hempstead became more confident. This brings us to the millenium and Case two: Along came the Riverside and Kodak Tower generations and regenerations.

This became &
 
& & while
 
this evolved and hopes to
 
become this
 
...Meanwhile, guess what's happened to the economy and the Marlowes:
 
Still, at least we have lots of cheap shiny things


and we still have our rainbow and our dreams


 
Saturday, March 25th, 2006
12:15 am
[ex_northwood223]
Hiya! I lived in Hemel for a very bit of time and I love the town. It's supposed to be not very big and I'm looking just for any way to find my old friends, Glen and Terri Noble. If anybody helps me anyhow, I'd be very grateful! See if anybody of you can transmit the note from one your friend to another and it will come to those gouys somewhen...

And, I should say that I will be glad to make new friends also!
Monday, November 14th, 2005
7:14 pm
[prolific8]
where all da 'emel ppl b @?

Just kidding, I'm not a chav. Normal people come from Hemel, and contrary to popular belief, some of us are even proud of it...
Tuesday, September 6th, 2005
3:43 pm
[loraine]
*waves*
Just noticed this community and thought others might be interested in the website for the new shopping development...

http://www.riversidehemel.com

Nothing much on there yet, but I did hear that apart from Debenhams = Monsoon, HMV and Aroma (chinese restaurant) amongst others are opening there and the big day is supposed to be October 27th.

http://www.arlington.com/pdfs/properties/retail/Riverside%20Shopping%20Centre%20%20Hemel%20Hempstead.pdf

I used to be the mod for hemel_etc but it didnt get used so it got put to sleep ;)
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