Thursday 6 April 2006 3.20pm
At the risk of you all calling me a Nazi, I can see a point similar to Jack's.
Personally I come over all objectionable when I read posts on here of the: "Oh, if only SE1 was more like Chelsea/Why can't we have a Waitrose/If only Conran bought TBR and filled it with gatropods/I moved to trendy Bermondsety St and all I got was the smell from that lousy bakery" variety.
And I hate the fact that they've built that huge tower right by the Oak, thus decreasing even further my chances of getting a table. In other words, I find myself getting cross about things that (in my opinion) are changing the neighbourhood for the worst.
But I've only lived here for about 10 yrs (in two spells, with a break in between), so what right have I to have a view? Especially given that I live behind gates, don't rely on the local authority for any significant services, and leave SE1 every day to go to work in another part of town.
The people who make the point, above, that change is inevitable, and can bring good things, are probably right. but that doesn't stop us all thinking we've got the right sit in our own SE1 homes and object to the "newcomers" (which, in many cases, means people arriving about 5 minutes after ourselves).
Obviously, given that we're a fairly liberal web community (and I think Jon described it well in his post above), it makes us very uncomfortable if anyone posts on here and there's a suspicion of racial intolerance. I don't want to go into that (you see, it's making me uncomfortable, I told you so), but the mix of different cultures (cultures, as in lifestyles, interests and aspirations. Not races) is definitely a source of tension in SE1.
On the forum we've had muggings, street drinkers, planning objections (which may or may not be NIMBYist, depending on your standpoint), and all sorts of other things which could be said to be the result of different cultures living together in SE1. Again, I'm not saying different races (largely irrelevant in my view), I'm saying different cultures. There are parts of SE1 that I would take more care in than others when walking home at night, and there are pubs I wouldn't choose to drink in. You could well say that this is because I don't fit in there, culturally.
...if you press it, they will come.