Gentrification Awareness

Culture killer? Property development vs. Art

Why is art a constant in the gentrification equation?   Gentrification is a theme that crops up regularly when talking about property development in cities. Coined by Ruth Glass in 1964, the term describes the displacement of a working-class urban population by the middle class. For as long as the theories have existed, artists have…

Rainbow Hamlets

Is East London gayer than ever?

London’s gay scene exploded in the 80’s, leaving the Earl’s Court area and heading to Soho, which has since become a (somewhat commercialised) mecca for gay tourists. Ever since, the city’s gay scene has expanded and diversified with nightlife to suit every taste, concentrating mainly in the gay villages of Soho, Shoreditch and Vauxhall. Thousands…