je suis teuchter
It's interesting to note the subtle change in tone regarding LJ's state of delapidation, from the previous feature:
to the one just posted:Laughably labelled as “in motion” by some Frappuccino-fuelled over privileged rich-kid overheard in a cafe, Loughborough Junction remains a pale shadow of its former self. Once a busy, vibrant shopping thoroughfare, the area is now strewn with the carcasses of closed pubs, crumbling shops and under-performing businesses, although the spidery fingers of gentrification are starting to embrace the area.
A "pale shadow" of a place becomes one which "retains much of its personality".