The way I feel about Upton Park is probably the same as any away fans coming to Goodison. It's a shit ground with lots of tradition and history in an absolute shithole of an area that no longer suits the modern day 'vision' of a football stadium.
Exactly. Upton Park has that rare quality that Goodison has: as soon as you step outside Upton Park tube station and onto Green Street, you can feel there's a football ground nearby (just like County Road), even though you can't see it. Inside the stadium everything is really real, the walls, the stands, the people, even the rather dreamlike affair with the bubbles feels like a dream sequence from your own dream, not someone else's.
And if you ever feel caught up in the illusion of glitzy glamour and the roaring, fist-pumping "passion" you see in Sky ads, you can just take a look around you, a glimpse of the outside world through the corner gaps between the stands, a quick glance at that grim, huge, yellowish-red block towering over the stadium will instantly reconnect you with reality.
So it's easy to see why the powers that be decided there's no place for that kind of thing in modern football.