Another one ...
Mid to late 80's in the UK,
The armed forces went through a phase of 'rationalisation'
Kids : If your company starts bandying rationalisation around, be very worried
Which simply meant closing down bases
All three branches were affected
Where i grew up, we had at least 3 Naval bases close down
personnel shipped off elsewhere, reaffected, retired
The personnel however, didn't live on
the base like in the movies
they lived in specially designated 'zones'
comprising of a typical mix of housing
It could be ...
a group of about 20,15 floor, high-rises,
all arranged in an L or a U
All clustered and intermingled
2 flats per level, no more, good spacious rooms
Could be a whole district of bungalows
with parking space, a front garden
and a wee one at the back too, for the rock plants
Even little squares !!
comprising of a dozen houses or so, 2 up 2 down,
with a bit of a green patch in the middle for the kids
Maybe even a tree, that was verbotten to climb on
We'd colloquially call it 'The Naval Estate' or 'The Estate'
The UK govt had invested Millions in housing for about 20K armed forces personnel
When they moved on to Ayrshire, Porthcall, Plymouth...
All of those houses were left empty to rot and decay
The 'soft' support services like the forces cafeteria
the quick buy shop, the furniture office (!)
all defaced and burned and ... just grim looking
And from there,
with no surprise,
the aftershock was felt outwards
towards neighbouring towns and cities
If you're not servicing Navy personnel
with a relatively high level of disposable income
who else could you turn to ?
all of this happened
in a 5 to 10 year period
Not long after "The Falklands"
edit on 24-10-2018 by Cassi3l because: (no reason given)