What happens when tourism reaches the limits to its growth?

If you walk round Muswell Hill, the part of North London where I have lived for nearly 20 years, you'll occasionally see a man lying on the pavement, fine paintbrush in hand, a full palette of colours by his side. Known locally as 'Chewing Gum Man', artist Ben Wilson creates miniature paintings on discarded splodges of gum. The discovery of a new 'piece' on the ground or a wall brings a smile to my day. Yet unsurprisingly he is hardly known outside the area we live. He's not got the caché of … [Read more...]