This Is Fucking Vandalism, London’s History And Culture Are Being Destroyed In The Name Of Greed

I was writing a piece about this same topic but this post covers all I had to say. Some of you may recall a couple of years ago we were fighting to save our local gay pub, steeped in history. That struggle came to an end last week. Another week brings another story of London being asset stripped for more luxury development, what makes London so great is quickly eroding away.

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black-capsAround 150 people joined a protest outside The Black Cap public house in Camden yesterday after it closed suddenly and without warning last week.  The long running LGBT venue opened in the 1960s, surviving throughout the days when gay people faced prosecution.  Now it is falling victim to rampant gentrification that respects neither culture or history and seeks only to make as much money as possible for greedy property developers.

Speaking at the protest drag artist Titti La Camp, a former performer at the pub, said 10 gay venues had closed in central London since the current Tory government weren’t elected.  In an all too familiar story, those trying to save The Black Cap believe it is likely to be converted into yet more luxury flats that nobody local can afford.

camden-marketsA few hundred yards away a large part of Camden Market is currently a building site, awaiting being converted…

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  1. London isn’t the only city losing history, culture and an environment that embraces diversity…Portland Oregon is experiencing the same. We are out pricing the middle wage earners and the disenfranchised. Be educated…it is a trend we will all be paying for…

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    • Same for NYC when I was there, I loved it as my first time, but you knew how different it had become. I’m in Thailand now and they too are well on their way even in smaller city I am in. I fear we’ve gone too far down the road now

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  2. Unfortunately, this is a common complaint. There really is a balancing act involved in keeping old character alive and making money.

    Joe, did you move to Thailand?

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    • I wish I did, would love to live there but not ready to retire just yet 😉

      There is a lovely strip of old buildings on The Strand which will be torn down to build something ugly. My love of London stems form adapting to the amazing old architecture and using it, to tear down all that hard work to put up something so careless breaks my heart

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  3. London is slowly, but surely, being strangled by the firm grip of the unimaginative and the greedy. When this city is reduced to a moneyed monoculture with not a whiff of excitement and no one to sweep their streets, they’ll wonder, without irony or insight, how it happened. Look in the mirror, dears. Look in the mirror.

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  4. I’m missing you darling.

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    • You should Facebook message me or email then, I’m rarely on here, who would think you could be so busy doing nothing as I do, but it’s true, no time in the day

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  5. It’s the same here. All the old places are being torn down for luxury condos that the locals cannot afford. I’m convinced that greed drives the world, not love.

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    • I’m on the move again with any luck, need a house as outgrown my flat, but picking an area that is in middle of being gentrified, has it upsides in that pubs and restaurants improve, which will be handy 🙂

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  6. Hey… haven’t seen you around for a while… that book is ready… the murder mystery set in WW2 London… the one with you in it as a flying officer… just saying.

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    • hey! No, been so busy buying a house and moving across the river to the wilds of South London, I must do better this year. Where can I get the book? Maybe shipping to Vancouver is cheaper as my partner is there for 3 weeks in February.

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