Monday 9 October 2017 10.51pm
Rambling Phil wrote:
Makes me laugh, there was a major transformation that paved the way for half of you lot to live here. It's a monster that aint stropping.
In my case, it was the gentrification of Islington that priced me out of an area my family had lived in for at least four generations. Luckily, the good people of the South Bank took this refugee in and made him feel welcome.
It is sad to read what happened to you up there in Islington: when I first came to live in London, in 1983, I stayed there with my Aunt, who had just bought a 5 bedroom Georgian end of terrace house near Highbury Corner for £28K.
This house was recently sold for £800K even though it needed a lot of building work for the new owners to fix the many problems with the structure (underpinning, roof, electrics, plumbing etc).
I can see how hard it must be for the original Islingtonians to be able to afford to live there.
There is a silver cloud, however, in that you have now joined us here in SE1: an area so great that I wouldn't want to return to Islington.
Let us hope that us on this side of the river don't end up like that...