On the up

Beware the Vibrant, on the misleading language of gentrification. Gentrification is one of those concepts that can only really be observed from a distance; like the apocryphal boiled frog you don’t know it’s happening around you until it’s ‘too late’, if that’s the right term. Related. Who Lives Here Now? A chance to the ‘bad kind’ of gentrification in action? Southwark’s plan for the overhaul of the Old Kent Road is underway. Southwark has poor form in this area, as their underhand behaviour at the Elephant and Castle surely demonstrates (see also our previous posts). Will the OKR be any different? One of the bitter ironies is that the much vaunted car-free cities of the near future could in fact be the most gentrified spaces of all.

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