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Is there more than one of these groups, they sound funny.
The 2015 Reclaim Brixton protest was an an anti-gentrification held on Saturday 25 April 2015 in the Inner London district of Brixton, in the London Borough of Lambeth. The protest was attended by a diverse group of local resident angry at being priced out of Brixton. The protests were overwhelming peaceful, however, a small number of activists gained entry to the Town Hall, and the window of a real estate agent was smashed. One man was arrested.
the one I head about was popular among people probably responsible for higher rents and waitrose turning up there, that's why it's funny (the hypocrisy)
So many people thought the event meant different things. Half the people protesting were the young, rich people that are (allegedly) pricing locals out of the area.
"But I've lived here for 5 years!"
And moreover, London's got a point now where gentrification is a side effect of the housing crisis. I mean, originally it was about what we saw in Shoreditch where you have that artists and the like move in and then it becomes desirable so you get property developers in, and there was a fuck load of property to develop to make yuppie flats.
Has that really happened in Brixton? I get the impression now that the driver is the lack of property within buying reach of so many people, and so much rental property that's simply too expensive, so that means poor areas become popular with people who are richer/better educated (and, yes, whiter) as a result of the necessity of finding somewhere to live.
Either way, I'm not sure marching against it is going to do a lot: the problem is about affordable housing across the whole of London now and that's what really needs to happen. And a living wage too. It's wealth inequality that's the main problem.
is from Sharon Zukin, an American academic, that centres around the idea of one class attempting to capture the 'value' of another, ie expensive street food, places being marketed as 'urban' or 'gritty'. i guess it's more centred around ideas of authenticity and pre-packaged 'experiences' of the city.
I find it a problematic area to talk about purely in the "me vs you", old residents vs new framing that's used a lot, because that ignores that cities have changed dramatically over time and will continue to do so in the future. Brixton and Hackney and wherever weren't always 'poor' areas. Hackney started off as a middle class suburb of the city that declined as the properties of the area were seen as outdated. That isn't to say that the change that has been taking place over the past two decades is good, of course.
It's also really really simplistic to frame rising rents in terms of an outpacing of demand over supply. Property is a complex sector influenced by an array of external factors - local and central government policy, mortgage brokers, the attitudes of financial institutions, the flows of global capital.
although it may have been a different group, because they were chanting "Black Lives Matter" and "being black is not a crime" etc. Exciting to see anyway!
Can't argue with that.
pointless to smash up an imaginary one.
and hold a rival Reclaim Brixton march. Then some Victorian time travellers will appear and no doubt do the same to us.
People riot in Brixton in the 00s because it's getting better.