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thought it was an interesting piece until the paragraph where he just says 'pop-up' about 9 times.
Pretty decent for the most part.
Is he being knowingly or ironically retro?
Camden is still cool in exactly the same way Shoreditch still is. He shouldn't let other people's trousers bother him so much.
"The last hipsters move on and find a new neighbourhood to play with."
There can't really be that many places left, can there?
Alex Proud entered the business world aged 26, via the dealing of erotic Japanese art and Rolls Royce cars (to the Russian Mafia). Spotting a niche in the market, he opened his famous photography gallery Proud Central in the Strand in 1998. Today, the three Proud Galleries are among the world's foremost private photographic galleries. Alongside these, Alex runs a hugely successful business empire spanning bars in iconic listed buildings, clubs, and restaurants while still dealing beautiful and rare objects which catch his eye
Man with restaurant/bar in Camden says Shoreditch is not as cool as Camden and Camden is cool and has been cool for decades.
- Josh Davis • 2 hours ago
Is Shoreditch full of 'hipsters' or bridge-and-tunnel types? Which does he decry? He also forgets that Camden was, and still is, packed with tourists/provincial teens going to the market and locals who have fought for years against places like Proud Galleries opening up, and also that Borough Market is just a tourist attraction these days - most of the serious wholesalers and foodies have been priced out already.
Without wishing to get into personal attacks, I have heard that he's a bit of a dick, who treats bands appallingly at Proud Gallery, especially if his mate Pete Doherty decides he's going to play a surprise set one night. He also markets his venue as somewhere that the cast of Made In Chelsea might want to visit - if there's any indication that somewhere's culturally dead, it's that.
He doesn't identify the problems with gentrification or what he calls 'hipsterisation' (and there are significant problems that come attached with them), instead assuming that a better option is for a place to be full of tourists and bankers.
...sweet JESUS the man's a prick.
for all the reasons outlined above, and because it's coming from a man who runs an expensive bar in one of the most deprived parts of London, yet he seems to be railing against that exact thing.
but mainly, its because there's a housing crisis in London.
This is such a shit thing to be annoyed about.
'Shoreditchification' is essentially the process of young professionals, who maybe don't have to wear suits to work, moving to areas in London they can still afford. Yeah it might look odd that there's artisan coffee shops opening next to fried chicken hell holes - but its reflecting a shift demographics, and other reasons more complex than evil hipster being all hipstery.
It's almost hilarious how out of touch/deluded he is. This is exactly the sort dross I expect to read in the Telegraph.
."You find a previously unnoticed urban neighbourhood, ideally one that’s a bit down on its luck. Pioneer hipsters move in and coolhunters ensure it starts trending on Twitter."
yeah, I remember when arty people first started moving to Shoreditch in the early 90s, it was all over twitter
about this essentially being a byproduct of young people who don't have the same concerns as families trying to live cheaply. You could easily swap out 'hipsters' for 20-30 year olds and still get the same result.