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Nov 7 2006 23:10
Action in Dalston Friday Nov 10

peeps in London may be interested in this:

Spoil the Dalston Class Cleansing Party!
Punish Institutional Anti-social Behaviour!
Gillett Street, Dalston, November 10, 3pm sharp!

Next Friday (November 10) at 3pm Ken Livingstone and Hackney Mayor Jules Pipe are planning ‘fanfare and speeches’ in celebration of the purge of traders and locals from Dalston’s Gillett Street Market to make way for ‘a European style piazza’, ie yuppie bars with outdoor tables.

(You know Gillett Street, it’s that caged area off Kingsland High Street with the sign saying ‘one of the mayor of London’s 1000 open spaces’).

The purge meant instant loss of livelihood for the street traders, and loss of free social space for everyone else: just another stage in the evacuation of the poor from the area to make room for bigger spenders. What Pipe and Livingstone are celebrating is more than just their ugly ‘Piazza’, it’s
THE CLASS CLEANSING OF HACKNEY, in all its forms:

Mass sell off of council housing and building of yuppie lofts; neglect of council
flats in order to blackmail tenants to accept stock transfer to private sector;
immediate rent explosion with the Olympics and Hackney tube; Dalston Lane
evictions and demolition. Corrupt cut-price sale of local shops to offshore
developers while organic gastro-pubs proliferate. etc etc etc

Their efforts to expel us are doomed to failure and yet more bankruptcy, but right now
THIS INSTITUTIONAL ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR MUST BE PUMISHED!!!

JULES PIPE’S PARTY WILL BE SPOILED ON FRIDAY, BECAUSE LOW-
INCOME LIFE WILL NOT BE CLEANSED FROM HACKNEY’S HOUSING AND
STREETS!

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Nov 8 2006 00:03

JULES PIPE’S PARTY WILL BE SPOILED ON FRIDAY, BECAUSE LOW-
INCOME LIFE WILL NOT BE CLEANSED FROM HACKNEY’S HOUSING AND
STREETS! - by hiding it behind nice cafes, no. But try not to look like your championing being poor wink

Thanks haggy, have passed it on.

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Nov 8 2006 13:36

this is an email i've seen from hcd who are organising the event on friday, and who object to the planned protest:

Mounting a protest against Livingstone and Pipe on
> this occasion would
> simply alienate the local community and could be
> profoundly
> destructive of the whole event which is something
> that many of us who
> have worked incredibly hard for many months now to
> make this a
> wonderful event would find somewhat horrendous to
> say the least. It
> would also dim the square's future prospects to no
> good end.
>
> We have a great programme for the day which really
> involves much of
> the local community including many school kids as
> well as a huge number
> of musicians (200 saxists) and artists of evey
> kind, with Adisa the
> Verbaliser as compere and orator. Loads of people,
> young and old are
> looking forward to this ,as well as particpating .
> Many of the local
> residents and businesses are very much behind this
> too and are counting
> on it, despite the disruption caused by the works
> over the past months.
> This whole project is very important for the health
> and prospects for
> this area.
>
> Using this event to confront Livingstone and Pipe
> on all/any the other
> things they are doing wrong is not the way to go and
> could make things
> immenselfy more difficult for all of us who care,
> live and work for
> Dalston .
>
> It would really be something of an own goal for
> you to start putting
> this down as social cleansing or gentrification and
> trying to campaign
> on that ground. HCD and the Vortex as community
> based not-for profit
> license holders represents a huge variation on the
> normal way things are
> done, and means that this space can become a genuine
> community asset
> with immensely positive prospects-especially if we
> can get the public
> funding to support continued engagement of local
> residents, artists and
> traders. Putting Livingstone and Pipe down on this
> occasion would just
> make life and these propsects even harder .
>
> The fundamental difference to consider is that on
> the one hand in
> Dalston lane, and in Broadway market we are trying
> to save something,
> and people from destruction. In Gillett Square we
> are trying to make
> something and the humanity we are building really
> happen. There is a
> different play of events here, and different
> strategies apply.
>

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Nov 8 2006 13:45

Are you going to take any notice of that e-mail? Seems they're just throwing in a bit of cultural participation to sweeten the pill of another part of the blatant gentrifying process. The Vortex is mentioned - which is, for many locals, surely a symbol of Church St gentrification. That's the 'community' they are presumably referring to who will benefit from the development - a few shopkeepers and arty-farties.

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Nov 8 2006 14:32
Ret Marut wrote:
Are you going to take any notice of that e-mail? Seems they're just throwing in a bit of cultural participation to sweeten the pill of another part of the blatant gentrifying process. The Vortex is mentioned - which is, for many locals, surely a symbol of Church St gentrification. That's the 'community' they are presumably referring to who will benefit from the development - a few shopkeepers and arty-farties.

I think the reason Haggy has posted the email is just to illustrate their argument, knowing Haggy i'm sure its not changed anything.

I do think an eleoquent argument is needed to counter the idea that gentrifiaction helps working class areas after the Broadway Market campaign. A lot of support actually came from middle class art types who understood the issue. It would be useful to assert this isn't a protest against nice food and clean streets but the economics behind gentrification. To refute the arguments of the Labour Party, and to talk to people taken in by it.

Otherwise TBH i think a lot of people would be like piazzas and cafes? Why not?

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Nov 8 2006 16:06

It's a complex process, gentrification. Often the pioneers are artists looking for cheap studio space, retail outlets, accomodation etc. Then their presence introduces a cultural ambience that attracts the gentry, encourages more outlets that cater for their consumer tastes and so on. But then the original arty pioneers get priced out by rising property values. http://libcom.org/library/occupation-art-gentrification
Then later those who bought into the 'villagey feel' of an area with its friendly local shops etc see them forced out by rising rents and corporate retail chains moving in and resent the cosy atmosphere being destroyed. And so on...Capital just keeps on expanding. The different waves of settlers all have their causes and effects.

Nowadays most property development has a carrot and stick element to it. A bit of 'social housing' is thrown in - in fact often way out of reach of those in most need. And even the divisive 'key worker' category often can't afford it. Plus promises to improve run-down infrastructure and provide a few low-wage service jobs. If you're against it then they'll leave you to rot, as happens to those who vote against privatisation of council housing. Give 'em bread, circuses, piazzas and cafes and they might forget about the essential needs that remain unmet.

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Nov 8 2006 16:08
Ret Marut wrote:
The Vortex is mentioned - which is, for many locals, surely a symbol of Church St gentrification.

Yep one of the main contributors to, and recently high profile victim of, Church St. gentrification. Not seen Gillet St. but someone I know who's played at both incarnations said the new one looks nice but sounds crap.

The "200 saxists" is part of the Serious London Jazz Festival - notorious for not including musicians from London and generally just stuff at the Barbican and other Central London venues. AFAIK Andy Sheppard's got zero links to the area at all (and is fucking boring).

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Nov 8 2006 16:52
Ret Marut wrote:
It's a complex process, gentrification. Often the pioneers are artists looking for cheap studio space, retail outlets, accomodation etc. Then their presence introduces a cultural ambience that attracts the gentry, encourages more outlets that cater for their consumer tastes and so on. But then the original arty pioneers get priced out by rising property values. http://libcom.org/library/occupation-art-gentrification
Then later those who bought into the 'villagey feel' of an area with its friendly local shops etc see them forced out by rising rents and corporate retail chains moving in and resent the cosy atmosphere being destroyed. And so on...Capital just keeps on expanding. The different waves of settlers all have their causes and effects.

Nowadays most property development has a carrot and stick element to it. A bit of 'social housing' is thrown in - in fact often way out of reach of those in most need. And even the divisive 'key worker' category often can't afford it. Plus promises to improve run-down infrastructure and provide a few low-wage service jobs. If you're against it then they'll leave you to rot, as happens to those who vote against privatisation of council housing. Give 'em bread, circuses, piazzas and cafes and they might forget about the essential needs that remain unmet.

yes. Its about trying to interact with the proccess in a positive way/defend gains and attack the later stages i spose. In Banksy's wall and piece he prints a letter sent by someone asking him not to pont in hackney cos its driving up house prices. It raises the issue of where you draw the line - if you go to the spanish cafe rather than the kebab shop, are you driving up house prices?

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Nov 8 2006 19:21
Tacks wrote:
It would be useful to assert this isn't a protest against nice food and clean streets but the economics behind gentrification.

I agree with this, maybe because i like food. I have seen too many anti-gentrification stuff which focusses on stuff like "we hate cafes" (you know what i mean), which just makes it look stupid. No one is against tidying stuff up and making stuff look nice, the arguement as Tacks and RT say - should be on the actual stuff behind that, not the superficial stuff which people are generally going to like anyway.

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Nov 8 2006 19:27

for those of you who are on U75 there's a couple of threads about this in the 'announcements' and 'london' fora. worth having a look at...

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Nov 9 2006 21:06

this is the text of the leaflet that will be handed out tomorrow in Dalston:

Hackney Council’s anti-social behaviour is pushing out the poor: council flats sold off and community facilities shut down to make way for more yuppie flats and bars.

Livingstone and Pipe are showing breathtaking arrogance in coming here and telling us to be grateful for a new square on a site that was already public space (the Colin Roach Centre, a vital local resource, stood on Gillett Street). Hackney people know very well that the council and LDA are presiding over a wholesale onslaught on the area:

• Rocketing rents and rates threaten residents and local businesses with eviction: this will only get worse with the Olympics and the tube.
• Epidemic homelessness in a borough full of bricked-up flats. The council leaves housing to rot in an attempt to blackmail tenants to accept stock transfer; no chance of council housing for the next generation. New Labour’s ‘rent convergence’ policy means high market rents for social or so-called ‘affordable’ housing.
• Corrupt council sell-off of Broadway Market and Dalston Lane to offshore developers. Under the new owners Dalston Lane shops suffer ‘mysterious’ fires in preparation for the LDA Olympic transport interchange, while the Four Aces/Dalston Theatre faces demolition after eviction of a community social centre. (Along with the All Nations Club the Four Aces is another black cultural venue destroyed to make way for the new Hackney).
• State schools are shut down while organisations like Swiss Bank UBS build City Academies; swimming pools and leisure centres stay shut or re-open at inflated prices; doctor’s surgeries, playing fields, nurseries sold off and local services cut.
• Regeneration agencies promise new buildings and ‘arts’ for the community but ‘culture-led regeneration’ leads to rising local property prices, pushing out local people to make way for yuppies. This has already happened in Stoke Newington, Hoxton, Broadway Market and Hackney Central – WATCH OUT DALSTON!

Livingstone and Pipe expect us to put up with this quietly or even play along with them.
But many examples of local resistance show that we won’t: the ongoing campaign in Broadway Market; the occupation of the Four Aces/Dalston Theatre; repeated votes against council housing stock transfer (until the council imposed the ALMO unilaterally – with ‘consultation’ of course).

We need our homes and livelihoods not council-sponsored ‘creativity’.
We’ll have something to celebrate when we’ve forced Jules Pipe to give back what was taken away and stop the class cleansing of Hackney.

ftony
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Nov 14 2006 16:20

how was it? sorry i didn't make it in the end btw

haggy
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Nov 15 2006 02:07

this is not a bad summation. i'm too shagged out to write it up myself.

[url=http://]http://www.metamute.org/en/node/8831

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Nov 15 2006 02:59
ftony wrote:
how was it? sorry i didn't make it in the end btw

You mean you didn't turn up to something??? Nooo eek wink

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Nov 15 2006 14:09

LW no matter how many winks you put after your posts, they still hurt sad

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