Rambling Phil wrote:Hi Ivanhoe.
Painting in broad brushes for brevity.
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.............
Ivanhoe wrote:It only provoked a reaction from me because there's so much comment (in general, not specifically on this thread or forum) with the theme that only people with children count, or get involved in their community.
I'm not saying that's what you were implying (although I did think you were getting close to it - but that may well be me being oversensitive. It does happen ;0))
Rambling Phil wrote:However, it is a two way thing. Last year I was at a community event and someone from Southwark College asked whether I'd be interested in evening classes. I was, but pointed out that it is impossible for most people working in office jobs in the centre of town to get to a 7pm class having grabbed a bite to eat. I was told that the courses weren't really intended for people with jobs (I'm pretty sure that was her phrase), but for the community.
One person, one anecdote, but I found it interesting that this "community" organisation had no intention of organising itself to help white-collar workers be involved, and that this one person didn't expect real members of the community to work.
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