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overnight - people who can't afford, Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove, Westbourne Grove etc etc.
My estate used to be filled with crack and burning cars, but now it's got FUCKING FLOWER BEDS and a GATE.
Tory coprophiliac cunts...
What's happened to the city centre in the 4 years I've been here is startling, yuppie flat blocks are shooting up everywhere (admittedly I know this because I reside in one such block) and the number of bars for uppity toffs and smug young professionals has doubled.
and yes, lots
though it's starting.
I pass them on my walk to work as I get near Bermondsey St. What the people next door to me (lived there all their lives, were born in neighbouring streets) must think I've no idea.
when I lived there e.g streets getting cleaner, smarter high-street type shops opening, estate agents opening. It's still shit though.
It's well apace in Dalston at the moment obviously. I'm wondering if the recently-closed King's Arms (RIP) on Kingsland High St will turn into a coffee shop or a bar or some high-street store.
Some of the new facilities will be a definite improvement but it is sad in a way. I really love it as it is right at the moment and I imagine all the good nightlife and street weirdness will go soon enough once the rents go up.
As a property owner I suppose I should be happy though.
I only own a third though and it is sometimes a massive headache
about the gentrification of barnsbury - general impression was that it was made very middle class, but the working class people were still stuck there, with sod-all for them now, and the middle class looked down on them as, er, "them".
Big difference over the period I was living there 2005-2007.
there were twice as many people walking down shoreditch high street as there were this time last year.
holding on to sell with future development. Like all those massive, beautiful but rotting houses in King's Cross which people just sit on because they know the value is continually rising.
I don't know what can be done about it but it makes me angry because it makes the area look shit (which has several knock-on effects) and more importantly could be used for housing. I think there should be some responsibility of property owners to maintain their properties adequately.
i live in them
I'M WRITING FROM THEM NOW, VIKRAM. HAHAHAHAHA
It's one of those immoveable objects/unstoppable force kind of things.
aka 'south borough' aka 'SoBo'. retch.
it's still got the council flats and overactive, faulty car alarms, but is also now full of improbable glass apartments, converted schools [now gated complexes], loft apartments in the old warehouses [it's near the old docks so plenty of those], PR and media companies and paul & joe boutiques.
elephant & castle is about to get it too.
the day they knock down the old red shopping centre, rundown as it is, a little part of me will die.
upset me greatly
I'll be well happy. It's incredibly depressing in that shopping centre. The facade on the Boots must be the only one in the country not to have been updated since the 80s.
the City is gradually creeping further up Whitechapel Road. Starbucks and Tesco Metro have appeared within the last year or so.
Gentrification can fuck off.
I'm going to live in the newly gentrified Tower House. I'll be pissing on the memory of George Orwell merely by existing.
I think it's a bit steep calling it "luxury flats" though, as every cranky report I've read about it does. Champagne on tap, jacuzzis and live-in bitches seem conspicuous by their absence...
for over 10 years and the gentrification has been constant. Gastropubs, million pound houses everywhere. And who knows what effect the 10 minute walk to the Olympic site is going to have.
I used to misbehave badly around there through to banker haven in 2004 when I left (and even more so now).
This includes Portobello.. I remember walking around there off my face at night, speaking to ex boyfriend and his friends going, 'Shit, don't let her walk around there on her own' and before you know it being picked up in a car. Nowadays, I'd doubt a puppy would cringe. I could be assuming too much of this gentrification...
and also Brick Lane come to think of it.
in a massive way... Farringdon specifically.
Sadly, not down the HOlland Park end although my favourite architecture in all of London is in the back end of Holland Park (north of the park)... Pretty pastel homes in a row.
Sarah had an attempted mugging there? Christ.
Poor girl. Glad she is okay.
*have you been to any of those clubs on Acklam?
I remember actually going to that club on Ledbury Road.. what the HELL Is it called?? And listening to really underground, at the time, speed garage and everyone in there was completley black except me and the people I was with... and being really high... (as was often the case then).
Years on, it was a haven for rich kids, whereas before that everyone was pretty scared to step foot in there.
What was that place called???
And the days of Subterranea were pretty fun too... oh and of course, the Ion Bar which is now some piece of crap bar. Ha ha. Funny days.
this is what is happening to the cowley road, though its been over the last few years mainly.
the lower end is pretty unrecognisable from when I used to live there. I'm sure further up into Cowley is still equally as shit though
live in the newly gentrified Tower House. Bit curious about just how manky it was before being done up as flats.
As long as Tayyabs prices stay the same Whitechapel gentrification's fine by me
Rickmansworth Hertfordshire is now twice as bad as it was when I was young.
but in the intervening 5 years between leaving headingley in leeds where i grew up and going back to visit it became a bit like walking onto the set of hollyoaks except without the 'drama' :(
but then again they did find a headless body one minute from my flat yesterday...