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Rebecca Solnit · Diary: Google Invades · LRB 7 February 2013
There are ways in which Silicon Valley is nothing like this: it’s clean, quiet work, and here to stay in one form or another. But there are ways in which technology is just another boom and the Bay Area is once again a boomtown, with transient populations, escalating housing costs, mass displacements and the casual erasure of what was here before. I think of it as frontierism, with all the frontier’s attitude and operational style, where people without a lot of attachments come and do things without a lot of concern for their impact, where money moves around pretty casually, and people are ground underfoot equally casually. Sometimes the Google Bus just seems like one face of Janus-headed capitalism; it contains the people too valuable even to use public transport or drive themselves. In the same spaces wander homeless people undeserving of private space, or the minimum comfort and security; right by the Google bus stop on Cesar Chavez Street immigrant men from Latin America stand waiting for employers in the building trade to scoop them up, or to be arrested and deported by the government. Both sides of the divide are bleak, and the middle way is hard to find.
Google  SanFrancisco  SiliconValley  gentrification  personalaccount  review  critique  LondonReviewofBooks  2019 
6 weeks ago by inspiral
Building Community in Booming Durham, North Carolina - CityLab
But building community, I’ve found, is not like building a house. Or, more accurately, it’s like building a house with a bunch of partners using different blueprints, while others are disassembling the foundation and yet others have confiscated some of the tools.
community  gentrification  housing  culture  profile  Durham  USA  CityLab  TheAtlantic  2018 
october 2018 by inspiral
‘Cargo-Bike Moms’ Are Gentrifying the Netherlands - The Atlantic
n Rotterdam, the bakfiets utility bike has become a symbol—and a tool—of urban displacement.
gentrification  urbandevelopment  cargobikes  Rotterdam  Netherlands  review  TheAtlantic  2018 
july 2018 by inspiral
Bach at the Burger King - Los Angeles Review of Books
Where does this leave the prelude — and, by extension, classical music? From awakening Megasharks to selling Cadillacs, Bach’s Prelude to Cello Suite No. 1 has been drafted to support many causes. But one cause it seldom supports is itself. After being pressed into the service of so many outside agendas — advertising, film, and police work — the prelude loses its identity as an independent work of art, demanding to be taken on its own terms. It is difficult for the prelude to provide any modern audience with a genuinely “pure” listening experience. This erosion is a now-common fate for popular art. Secondary associations gradually smother primary experiences. No matter how strong an individual piece, over time, Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and Market Street threaten to drain the vitality of even the greatest music until there’s nothing left. The coroner’s report: Death by quotation. After all, there are only so many times a melody can be used to harass the homeless, embellish a cannibal’s cookery, or promote the dignity of dog food before we forget it could also glorify the dignity of humanity.
music  classicalmusic  gentrification  commercialisation  review  critique  LAReviewofBooks  2018 
may 2018 by inspiral
London Fields Lido: did saving a pool mean losing a community? | Cities | The Guardian
When campaigners successfully reopened the open-air pool in Hackney, they had no idea it would turn their community into something unrecognisable
LondonFieldsLido  gentrification  Hackney  London  Guardian  2018 
april 2018 by inspiral
Airbnb Plays a Minuscule Role in Rising City Rents - Bloomberg
The increase attributable to the short-term rental service is so small you almost can't see it.
Airbnb  property  gentrification  economics  research  review  author:NoahSmith  Bloomberg  2018 
april 2018 by inspiral
Gentrification's ground zero: the rise and fall of Hoxton Square | Cities | The Guardian
Twenty-five years ago, this London neighbourhood was the wild centre of the YBA art boom – now it’s a corporate “campus”. So what happened to Hoxton?
HoxtonSquare  Hoxton  gentrification  London  review  Guardian  2018 
march 2018 by inspiral
New York's vanishing shops and storefronts: 'It's not Amazon, it's rent' | Business | The Guardian
“It’s not Amazon, it’s rent,” says Jeremiah Moss, author of the website and book Vanishing New York. “Over the decades, small businesses weathered the New York of the 70s with it near-bankruptcy and high crime. Businesses could survive the internet, but they need a reasonable rent to do that.”

Part of the problem is the changing make-up of New York landlords. Many are no longer mom-and-pop operations, but institutional investors and hedge funds that are unwilling to drop rents to match retail conditions. “They are running small businesses out of the city and replacing them with chain stores and temporary luxury businesses,” says Moss.
NewYork  retail  realestate  property  decline  gentrification  pricing  review  critique  USA  Guardian  2017 
december 2017 by inspiral
'They stole the soul of the city': how Warsaw's reprivatisation is causing chaos | Cities | The Guardian
The Polish capital’s policy of handing back property to its pre-communist owners has benefited some – while unleashing widespread dispossession, fraud and social cleansing. Are new injustices being piled on top of old?
housing  gentrification  reprivatisation  Warsaw  Poland  Guard 
december 2017 by inspiral
Life Inside the RVs of Silicon Valley - Topic
In Silicon Valley, one of the wealthiest regions in the United States, some people have been forced out of permanent housing and into their RVs. This past summer, we met ten of the area’s mobile residents.
housing  recreationalvehicle  gentrification  personalaccount  SiliconValley  PaloAlto  USA  Topic  2017 
november 2017 by inspiral
Mourning the Low-Rent, Weirdo-Filled East Village of Old
Recently, one of my upstairs neighbors dusted off his old piano. In the evenings, when I return from work, I hear him playing overhead as I climb the stairs. I pause outside my door, listening, keys in hand, as he struggles through a Bach concerto. These days, it’s Number 5 in F Minor, a sad and lovely piece that, for a few minutes, reminds me of why I stay—in this neighborhood and in this town. E. B. White wrote, “On any person who desires such queer prizes, New York will bestow the gift of loneliness and the gift of privacy,” blending it “with the excitement of participation.” In this nightly scene, my neighbor is alone at his piano and I am alone at my door. Yet, in our private worlds, we are connected, participating in this moment together. It’s these two seemingly opposite states—alone and connected—that hold me. Even in the howling crowds, as the city crumbles and dies all around us, now and then, here and there, if we’re paying close attention, we can still find pleasure in the gifts of New York. It’s just a hell of a lot harder than it used to be.
EastVillage  NewYork  gentrification  urbandevelopment  VanishingNewTork  author:JeremiahMoss  Longreads  2017 
august 2017 by inspiral
No, Mexico City is not “The New Berlin”: A response to Vice
To compare this reality to a city like Berlin, where most people have pensions, a good standard of living, quality state-run healthcare, and decent wages is the height of egregiousness. It makes you wonder exactly how tone-deaf the writers of pieces like this can be. Have they ever dared venture outside the Roma-Condesa bubble? How much do they even know about Mexico City? Why have so many of these articles been popping up in recent years? Is it just cluelessness that drives them, or is it part of some local government branding strategy akin to the “Mexican Moment” debacle of a few years back?
At best, these articles display a certain naïveté. At worst, they engage in outright erasure, where the parts of the city not inhabited by affluent, trendy (and yes, mostly White) foreigners are simply ignored. It’s a kind of metaphorical displacement akin to the very real displacement that occurs when this crowd moves into an area, gradually making it unaffordable for ordinary people. Intentionally or not, the idea of Mexico City as this “new Berlin” only helps to exacerbate the dynamics of exclusion that plague our city every single day.
MexicoCity  Berlin  comparison  urbandevelopment  gentrification  tourism  review  critique  Medium  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
Gawpers go home: how luxury flat-owners could shut down the Tate's viewing platform | Art and design | The Guardian
They were sold on their proximity to Tate Modern. Now the residents of luxury flats are taking the gallery to court, arguing its viewing platform invades their privacy. It’s part of a wider hijacking of cultural hotspots by property developers
TateModern  gentrification  urbandevelopment  regulations  review  critique  Guardian  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
Save the Last Dance: The Fight for London Club Culture | Pitchfork
Caught in a web of gentrification, police crackdowns, and dangerous drugs, the UK capital’s once-thriving nightlife scene is in serious jeopardy.
clubbing  music  gentrification  drugs  harmminimisation  Fabric  London  Pitchfork  2017 
january 2017 by inspiral
Clubbing’s Demise and the Downfall of London — Failed Architecture
London is still full of places where this negotiation is happening. And some of the fundamental founding ideas behind the modern underground club ought to make it one of these places. But these days London clubs cannot so easily offer the chance for regular encounters. Few people can plausibly go week-in-week-out to a club. The pressures of having to support a life in London by working more and having less free time, lead to frequent exhaustion at the week’s end. The cost of going out and the ridiculous hassle of negotiating a city on London’s scale during the night, all mean that partying all night is too much of a burden to make it a regular thing.

But given the pressures I’ve just listed, the club is not the only space which fails in its promise to provide a place for negotiated propinquity. The city as a whole does not provide sufficient space for people, especially its younger and less settled inhabitants, to see each other regularly. And it’s a pretty serious problem. A city’s whole creative dynamism rises and falls on the ability of people who do similar things and have similar interests to see each other regularly.
clubbing  music  community  propinquity  review  critique  gentrification  London  FailedArchitecture  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
The 'Airbnb effect': is it real, and what is it doing to a city like Amsterdam? | Cities | The Guardian
In the Dutch capital, Airbnb has been accused of driving up property prices and disrupting communities – while others say the website’s gentrifying tendencies are much exaggerated. So who’s right?
Airbnb  housing  gentrification  review  critique  Amsterdam  Netherlands  Guardian  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
Blame it on the bike: does cycling contribute to a city's gentrification? | Cities | The Guardian
Hostility to cyclists and bike lanes often seems to be a proxy for wider anger at gentrification. But does this urban phenomenon really arrive on two wheels – or is new cycle infrastructure a sign the street has already transformed?
cycling  bikelanes  gentrification  urbandevelopment  ethnicity  socialclass  review  Guardian  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
The last battle for Brooklyn, America's most unaffordable place to buy a home | Cities | The Guardian
It might be too late for Williamsburg, Bushwick and Bed-Stuy – but in Crown Heights, tenants have learned a few tricks to prevent the social cleansing of their neighbourhood. Can they succeed where the rest of Brooklyn failed?
urbandevelopment  gentrification  housing  advocacy  campaigning  CrownHeights  Brooklyn  NewYork  Guardian  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
The Heinous Olympification of Seoul | New Republic
When the 2018 Winter Olympics kick off in Pyeongchang, 30 years will have passed since the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Traveling back to Seoul after the New Year’s holiday, I noticed that at City Hall and the National Assembly, at the plazas, the subway stations, and even on billboards, tent occupations and rallies and other signs of dissent were on display, flourishing everywhere even in the freezing temperatures. It was a hopeful sign that the political climate in Korea had changed since the ‘80s—and yet it was disheartening, too, a reminder that some things haven’t changed. As the Olympics leave Rio, and as we look ahead to Pyeongchang and beyond, the question remains troublingly unresolved: Does Olympification always have to mean mass displacement? What does it mean to host the world if you cannot house your own citizens?
Olympics  politics  sport  history  totalitarianism  conflict  gentrification  Seoul  SouthKorea  NewRepublic  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
Why Most Cities Will Never Be All They Used to Be |
Three points I was unable to expand on in the Forbes piece.  First, now that the pendulum is swinging back in favor of cities, their influence is ascending faster than their population growth.  Cities are leading discussions now the economy, on infrastructure, on energy, on housing.  For the latter third of the 20th century the suburbs led that discussion.  But today, cities have reclaimed that role.  Their actual size, in terms of population, matters less today than it did 60 years ago.  

Second, the American preference for new over old has nearly as much to do with this shift as shrinking household size.  For nearly 50 years the suburbs (and by extension, the Sun Belt) was new, and that was a main feature of their attraction.  But there's also that saying, "everything old is new again."  Cities are the new thing, and while they're not everyone's cup of tea, they are doing better than at any time in the last 50 years.

Third, it's conceivable that many suburbs and/or Sun Belt cities may find themselves impacted by emerging demographic or social shifts.  Having a huge inventory of single family homes in a world that is asking for multifamily options?  A strong auto-oriented landscape when more people are looking for walkable environments?  
cities  population  growth  decline  USA  review  gentrification  NewGeography  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
How Hipsters Changed the World | Highsnobiety
But let’s not forget that at the beginning of this decade, a number of publications, most notably New York Magazine, prematurely did the same, reaching for their shovels to dig out a shallow grave while the hipster endured – no, thrived like never before. My view is that hipsterdom didn’t die, but rather it shaped the mainstream in its own image and seeped into the very fabric of Western culture to such an extent that it became redundant. I don’t think that I’m exaggerating when I say that hipsters changed the world.
hipster  culture  impact  review  gentrification  HighSnobSociety  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
Welcome to AirSpace | The Verge
"I think the demographic started to change," Short says. In 2013, Airbnb felt like a true social experiment, "pioneering new territory, attracting people who were open-minded, easy-going, don’t worry if there’s a fleck on the mirror in the bathroom." By 2016, she explains, it "became the vanilla tourist who wanted the Super 8 motel experience. I don’t like these travelers as much as the earlier days."
Airbnb  Airspace  design  homogenisation  aesthetic  globalisation  gentrification  TheVerge  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
RA: Real estate, gentrification and nightlife in New York
Party promoters in New York are part of a complex game that most don't even know they're playing. Max Pearl reports on how property developers and gentrification are irreversibly shaping the city's dance music scene.
music  clubbing  gentrification  EamonHarkin  JustinCarter  NewYork  ResidentAdvisor  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
Is Gentrification a Threat to Fashion Capitals? | Intelligence | BoF
Waves of young creatives are abandoning New York and London for lower rents and a better quality of life in places like Berlin and Los Angeles. Should the fashion industry be worried?
gentrification  fashion  impact  London  NewYork  BusinessofFashion  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
How to fix London real estate problems - Marginal REVOLUTION
London is a bit of a perfect storm: (i) restrictive planning regimes, preventing the building of new homes; (ii) a strictly-enforced “green belt”, limiting the physical expansion of the city; and (iii) huge inflows of both people and capital (both foreign and domestic, in the form of buy-to-let investors) driving up demand.

The average London house price passed £500,000 last November ( and average rents for a 1-bedroom flat now exceed £700/month (

Various policy responses have been proposed, including:

raising stamp duty (tax on the purchase of a home – the UK government recently raised rates on homes worth more than £500,000, and introduced punitive rates on purchases of second homes);
raising council tax (property tax – where a property is rented, this is paid by the tenants);
“bedroom taxes” on unused bedrooms (currently in place for social housing);
increasing taxes on private landlords (the UK government recently removed the ability of landlords to deduct mortgage interest, and capped deductions for repairs);
loosening planning restrictions and taking other actions to combat NIMBYism;
building on the green belt;
deposit assistance for first-time buyers (the UK government currently underwrites mortgages of up to 95% LTV for first-time buyers for properties worth up to £600,000 and has introduced savings accounts where the government adds 25% to savings used to purchase a new home, contributing up to £3,000);
punitive taxes on unused planning permission;
direct price controls;
restrictions on foreign ownership of property; and
increasing interest rates.
property  realestate  prices  critique  policy  review  gentrification  London  MarginalRevolution  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
The tragic irony of Jane Jacobs's Greenwich Village - Vox
Price increases tend to concentrate in specific neighborhoods rather than spreading across a city as a whole. Guerrieri, Hartley, and Hurst model this as a question of spillovers. More and less affluent people place systematically different values on different kinds of retail opportunities. So affluent young people might be drawn to proximity to a Whole Foods and an array of independent coffee shops and yoga studios, while working-class families might prefer a cheaper supermarket and proximity to some home-based day care providers. When affluent people start moving to a neighborhood, the retail mix shifts in favor of things affluent people like, which draws more affluent people to that specific neighborhood but not necessarily to other places in the city.
gentrification  urbandevelopment  affordability  prices  density  review  Vox  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
RA: What's the way forward for UK nightlife?
Nightlife professionals from London, Berlin and Amsterdam sit down to discuss how to deal with the many threats facing one of the world's best club scenes.
nightlife  clubbing  dancemusic  gentrification  regulations  London  Berlin  Amsterdam  localgovernment  ResidentAdvisor  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
Death by gentrification: the killing that shamed San Francisco | Rebecca Solnit | US news | The Guardian
Alejandro Nieto was killed by police in the neighbourhood where he spent his whole life. Did he die because a few white newcomers saw him as a menacing outsider?
AlejandroNieto  SanFrancisco  gentrification  racism  police  review  Guardian  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
Why Jersey City is the New Brooklyn |
With a variety of lively, singular neighborhoods and close proximity to Manhattan, Jersey City already boasts several parallels with the borough of Brooklyn. Though it cannot yet compete in terms of culture and “street cred,” developers are rushing to construct tens of thousands of new, affordable residential properties, hopping on the newest fashionable real estate bandwagon while it is still hot. What this means is that it is certainly the right time to move to Jersey City. Housing prices are lower across the board than in most sections of Brooklyn—and certainly anything in Manhattan—and the options for condos, rental apartments and even entire houses are multiplying by the day. And people are starting to take notice. An increasing influx of residence—according to the most recent US census data, the total number of residents increased by six percent between 2010 and 2014— revitalizing the cultural and social scene, and many more people are expected to soon follow. With all of this in mind, it would not be a surprise if in the next few years we find fewer people moving to New York City altogether, and many more looking to the exciting reborn metropolis of Jersey City.
NewYork  Brooklyn  JerseyCity  gentrification  urbandevelopment  realestate  property  review  NewGeography  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
'Hackney, I lost you': the London creatives priced out of their studios | Cities | The Guardian
Photographer Jenny Lewis started her Hackney Studio project to highlight the area’s creativity – but many of her subjects have since been forced to move out of their workspaces by rising costs and the pace of east London’s redevelopment
Dalston  Hackney  gentrification  HackneyStudio  Guardian  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
Gentrification X: how an academic argument became the people's protest | Cities | The Guardian
As rich and poor people alike continue to flock to cities like London, Berlin and San Francisco, either for work or a better quality of life, the controversies will only intensify and multiply. Apologists for gentrification can continue to pretend a city is a force of nature, and displacement of poor people from their homes just ripples on the tide, but the rising popular sentiment against social cleansing is not merely a fabrication of leftwing activists, academics or journalists. The anger is real, and the determination to resist is growing.
gentrification  urbandevelopment  London  Berlin  SanFrancisco  review  impact  protest  Guardian  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
Less than ecstatic | The Economist
Since then, however, the party seems to be winding down. Between 2001 and 2011 the number of discotheken in the Netherlands fell by 38%. In Britain there were 3,144 clubs in 2005 but only 1,733 ten years later, says the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers; in 2015 revenues were £1.2 billion ($1.7 billion), down from £1.5 billion in 2010. In Berlin, although the number of music venues has been stable at about 350 (120 of which are clubs), several long-established night spots have closed their doors.
clubbing  music  nightlife  gentrification  Economist  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
San Francisco's Housing Activists Are Making the City More Expensive - The Atlantic
Tech companies and workers are vilified while longtime homeowners who fight high-density growth continue to profit from rising rents and property values.
SanFrancisco  property  gentrification  review  urbandevelopment  TheAtlantic  2015  housing 
december 2015 by inspiral
The Quietus | Opinion | Wreath Lectures | The Near-Death Of Raves: The Fate Of Independent Music Venues In 2015
One of the biggest stories of 2015 was the continuing disappearance of music venues under a pincer assault of noise complaints and gentrification. Ed Gillett argues that the pop-up 'experience' guff that comes in their wake is no replacement, and looks at possible solutions to the crisis
music  venues  clubbing  gentrification  urbandevelopment  critique  London  agentsofchange  Quietus  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
Dispossessed in the Land of Dreams | New Republic
Those left behind by Silicon Valley’s technology boom struggle to stay in the place they call home.
SanFrancisco  SiliconValley  gentrification  homeless  personalaccount  PaloAlto  review  USA  NewRepublic  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
Millennials turned cities ‘hipster.’ Can they do the same for the suburbs? - The Washington Post
Young people once flocked to cities. Now, many are moving to the suburbs. How will that change the way these places look and feel?
cities  gentrification  suburbs  hipster  inversion  urbandevelopment  WashingtonPost  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
London by night -
The capital’s ambitions to be a 24-hour city are running behind schedule. Ludovic Hunter-Tilney attempts a night on the town
London  nightlife  gentrification  personalaccount  FinancialTimes  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
How NPR Killed College Rock: how yuppies and NPR gentrified punk | The New Republic
Just as the yuppie colonizers took the rough, downtrodden, dangerous, sometimes nihilistic city neighborhoods which—though crushed by neglect—often housed vibrant communities, and “flipped” them for big bucks by making them palatable to middle-class normals, so did indie entrepreneurs take American punk and hardcore—similarly rough, tawdry, and ignored and reviled by capital—with its highly effective framework of distributors, fanzines, concert promoters, and community, and remake it into something which could be sold to mainstream rock fans of a certain class; the very people who had been abandoned when college rock collapsed.
music  indie  collegerock  gentrification  yuppie  critique  bourgeois  USA  NewRepublic  2015 
october 2015 by inspiral
The Battle For The #SoulOfOakland - BuzzFeed News
How A Brutal Beating Became The Symbol Of Oakland’s Gentrification Struggle
In a city wrestling with fast-rising housing costs and demographic change, a security guard’s attack of a poor black man at Whole Foods has come to represent what many black residents fear: Oakland wants them out.
Oakland  SanFrancisco  gentrification  urbandevelopment  WholeFoods  racism  Buzzfeed  2015 
october 2015 by inspiral
Evictions and Conversions: The Dark Side of Airbnb
How the popular matching company facilitates landlord conversion of entire rental buildings to de facto hotels. 
Airbnb  sharingeconomy  property  gentrification  eviction  critique  SanFrancisco  NewYork  Prospect  2015 
october 2015 by inspiral
Bring on the hipsters | The Economist
Gentrifiers can make life better for locals in plenty of ways, argues Stuart Butler of the Brookings Institution, a think-tank. When professionals move to an area, “they know how to get things done”. They put pressure on schools, the police and the city to improve. As property prices increase, rents go up—but that also generates more property-tax revenue, helping to improve local services. In many cities, zoning laws force developers to build subsidised housing for the poor as well as pricey pads for well-off newcomers, which means that rising house prices can help to create more subsidised housing, not less.
gentrification  urbandevelopment  review  advocacy  Economist  2015 
october 2015 by inspiral
Confessions of a location scout: why the New York beloved of the movies doesn't exist any more | Cities | The Guardian
There is surely no other city we know as completely from cinema and TV as New York. Yet according to film location scout Nick Carr, what he is often asked to find is anything but the reality of the Big Apple
film  movies  locationscout  NewYork  gentrification  Guardian  2015 
may 2015 by inspiral
With London's Affordability Crisis, a New Breed of Activism - CityLab
The city is grappling with major socioeconomic shifts by getting organized at an unprecedented scale.
gentrification  property  squatting  activism  London  CityLab  TheAtlantic  2015 
march 2015 by inspiral
The city that privatised itself to death | Ian Martin | Cities | The Guardian
Bit by bit, the capital has been handed over to pinstriped investors ‘reeking of lunch’. Are Londoners resigned to a grey cloud of commerce, or can they reclaim a hopeful, collective future?
London  gentrification  privatisation  critique  Guardian  2015 
february 2015 by inspiral
Oakland: the city that told Google to get lost | Technology | The Guardian
Highly paid employees are pushing up rents near the tech giant's California headquarters, forcing locals out and destroying communities, say activists. Now Oakland's residents are fighting back – hard. But are they too late?
Oakland  SiliconValley  SanFrancisco  gentrification  urbandevelopment  Guardian  2015 
january 2015 by inspiral
Inside the human costs of San Francisco's tech revolution
I do not dismiss the value of hard work and good ideas or discredit the possibility of our favorite story, “rags-to-riches.” But I live in the building against whose walls a young boy sleeps, the walls that serve as a toilet for the man on the corner, and this is not a matter of merit. My soul is no more valuable, my body no more useful. In one sense, of course, the sleeping boy is not my brother but in another sense he is, or could be, and that’s the possibility that we, “the homed,” the billionaires and millionaires and builders of websites, might remember more often.
SanFrancisco  gentrification  homeless  property  inequality  critique  DailyDot  2014 
june 2014 by inspiral
The Wild Times » News » What’s happening to London clubbing? Part 1 of 3: Licensing
Since acid house and rave culture first enchanted London, a transition from dancing in guerrilla spaces, to purpose built clubs, and a return to favour more ad-hoc places, can be documented along the dance/electronic music timeline. Numerous social, economic, artistic and technological factors have driven the evolution of this music culture. Having previously been involved in many underground events utilising both legal and illegal spaces, we're noticing (and so are many of our promoter and venue associates), that things have once again arrived at a crossroads with regards to where to throw parties in the capital. Electronic/dance music is big business and London feels to be a perpetually expanded city. Specifically focusing on the logistics of running parties in the capital, these two aforementioned factors have had consequences on all forms of venues. In the first of three reports, our WT contributor and party starter, Peggy Whitfield, investigates three prominent factors currently effecting promoters organising electronic/dance parties in London: Licensing, London gentrification & commercialisation...
clubbing  London  licensing  gentrification  TheWildTimes  2014 
april 2014 by inspiral
Tim Harford — Article — Betting against London is tempting but no sure thing
The joke used to be that the typical London house was earning more than the typical London household. Today it is no longer a comic exaggeration.
London  urbandevelopment  gentrification  property  critique  TimHarford  2013 
november 2013 by inspiral
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