Jack Carter wrote:..................I grew up in SE1, just like most of my family, going back generations.
Just stumbled across this website and thought i'd post about the sickening gentrification of the area
An area that was once poor, but had soul, was lively and had community, now has turned into a soulless wannabe Hoxton yuppy nightmare
Bermondsey Street has to be one of the most pretentious places going. Do you yuppies realised what you have done to the area?
Same with places like Shoreditch, Clapham, Battersea etc..................the middle classes come in and wreck an area.
I can't wait for the day when urban living (the most crindge worthy phrase around) is not 'hip' anymore and the real people of the area can reclaim it
Using terms like 'urban, edgy', drinking in trendy wine bars with names like village east, wearing baggy, ripped jeans and not shaving does not mean you are a true SE1 bod
When the time comes, these yuppies will move off to the suburbs and raise their 2.4 familes, whilst telling people they used to live in da ghetto, rough old Bermondsey etc
You might take our areas and drive us out but you'll never be accepted
Jarvis Cocker wrote common people for the idiots who use terms like SoBo.............
JayBee wrote:You misunderstand.I do not oppose any regeneration. It is obviously possitive planting trees and shrubbery. You have the same warped view as the people i am talking about. You automatically assume i do not favour possitive improvements to the community, whilst refering to ignorant comments you quoted.Do I detect inverse snobbery? A chip on a shoulder?
I myself have been subjected to the sort of comments and opinions expressed by you, Toufan and Jack Carter. My grandfather was born in Alma Road (long gone) and I was brought up in a council flat and live in one now and very happy I am too, thank you. However, I like the new trees and planting in my area and the general improvements that have been made, unlike some who resisted with such comments as "We live on a council estate, not a country estate", and "What's the point of having a palace built on a ****-heap", and "If I want trees, I'll live in the country". There is an underlying seething resentment of people who try to make their lives (an others) more pleasant which manifests itself in vandalism and disrespect.
marcusgreenwood wrote:I didn't think you would get it!!! People should be encouraged to move to new areas, just as my family originally from Rif mountains moved here in a time when foreign families were truly not welcome. My grandmother and grandfather did not struggle here to enforce their views of 'right and wrong' on the already inhabitants.@toufan:
Gentrification of central London areas like SE1 is simply a result of the capitalist society that we live in - property prices desirable locations such as Bermondsey Street go up - hence the number of urban/edgy/poncy wine bars/eateries goes up to match. Unless we have some kind of socialist revolution in the near future then don't expect to see an end to it any time soon!
Also I don't really get the 'me, my mother and my grandmother have lived here since birth' argument. Are you trying to say that people should never move into a new area because they might be ruining it for the people that have lived there for 'generations'? Again, whatever.