There have been some wonderful pictures of children and generations this week, but this was a difficult one for me, because I don't really have much from my own childhood and I don't have children of my own. (I also very strongly suspect that any attempt to photograph random children on the street would not be viewed favourably by their parents. *g*)
Then I remembered this http://www.flickr.com/photos/terry_wha/2263107566/
Not my picture, so linked rather than reproduced and a messy link because I had to copy and paste it into the address box to make it work.
This is a childhood memory for me and the period (approximately 40 years ago) is right too.
This is the same place now and I don't think it's sad; it is testament to the changing of the times.
Although there is a nostalgic campaign to restore it, I kind of like it as it is -