In the classic story of Goldilocks, our protagonist tries three bowls of porridge. One was too cold, one was too hot, but the last one was
just right and greedily devoured by the heroine.|
There’s an analogy with urban exploration. The sites we visit are in transition so timing (and a small amount of luck) is needed if an infiltration is to be successful. It’s sometimes a very fine line between desertion, dereliction and demolition. Depending on your timing then a site: could still be in use or too difficult to enter ("too hot"); a bulldozed pile of rubble ("too cold"); or a derelict ruin just ripe for exploration (“just right”). The last case is always devoured with gusto.
A recent trip to London to visit three locations resulted in three very different results, a beautiful example of The Goldilocks Triumvitre. The second site we visited was the former railway line from Croxley Green to Watford and it was definitely "just right".