Friday 13 December 2013 3.54pm
Interesting that you frequently refer to "gentrification" - my recall of the council position on this has been that "regeneration" is their aim not gentrification. Whether they are sustaining that approach and reinforcing it by their actions is a matter of opinion I'm sure. I think gentrification was considered to have unpleasant connotations which were not part of the stated aims.
'Gentrify' is the word that the Guardian used in their article, and is a word often used locally to describe the E&C regeneration, Sophie.
My point is that the council really isn't gentrifying the place (even at a speed slower than 'warp').
Their timidity and lack of vision means that, in spite of its lofty aims of theatres, public spaces, trams etc, all that's going to happen is that some good, spacious 20th century social housing and a 1960s shopping centre are going to be replaced by some 21st century private slums with a new/renovated shopping centre containing the same chain stores as everywhere else, hemmed in by wide roads.
The regeneration has lost sight of the good bits of its vision (the bits that would have improved the E&C as a place to live) and is only delivering those aspects that benefit property developers and absentee landlords.