Lurking behind and between crass shopfronts and other modern discomforts, and in the less-travelled side streets, you can still get some idea of the history of my home town.
I suppose this is the same in many cities these days, especially the bit about shop fronts raping what once was a pretty street.
Here are two photos to illustrate this hidden history, both taken in Enschede, The Netherlands, looking where few people look:
Old factory near the city centre, about to be demolished:
Small alley between shops in the city centre:
To each their own beauty, I suppose.