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Is this building a language center? A dance studio? A cafe? A gym? It's all of the above. Oh, and it's also a place to borrow books.
Is this building a language center? A dance studio? A cafe? A gym? It's all of the above. Oh, and it's also a place to borrow books. (Getty Images Photo / John Rogers) Getty Images Photo / John Rogers
By Jessica Winter
April 30, 2006

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WHITECHAPEL ROAD is a typical main drag in London's East End, where on a springtime Saturday vendors beneath striped tents hawk $9 jeans, pirated DVDs, and slabs of fish laid out on melting ice and styrofoam. Amid Whitechapel's familiar sand-colored stretch of weathered Victorian-era architecture, however, there's an edifice so brightly incongruous it looks like a real-life Photoshop insert. It's ... (Full article: 1637 words)

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