Is London dead? as the developers move in are they killing all that we love?
Earls Court, the 12Bar, the Buffalo Bar and now Camden Market- London is dying as the developers get their own way over and over again. Greed rules and the creative underground is getting bullied and battered by a strange collection of developers whose ego and greed seems to be more important than thousands of other people.
It’s the age old story.
A city becomes a powerhouse of creativity with an international reputation. It has a magnetic draw on people from all over the world (mainly there for its energy and not the dusty old German family known as the Royals), it has a few years of cutting edge brilliance and the the rich and tasteless move in and kill it all dead.
It would be fair to say right now that London is feeling the pinch with many key grass roots venues and interesting spaces under the cosh. We have already detailed the upcoming closure of the 12Bar because its roots rock n roll face does not fit in the ugly, new, polished world of corporate culture. The fact that the surrounding Denmark Street is also about to be turned into one of those faceless areas with a thin veneer of pretend culture slapped on top is fooling no-one apart from the developer who is imposing his own personal vision on the area- a bit like when he moved the Marquee and destroyed a much loved venue.
Earls Court is being turned into luxury flats and the Buffalo bar is going from being a key venue into a store room for a pub and now there is talk of Camden market being turned into some hideous posh flat/pricey shop/designer, CONcrete crap ghetto at the whim and hand of another dodgy looking developer whose CV wouldn’t get him a job in the real world.
What is it about out modern society that these whims of the rich can get their own way over decades of creativity and we see the destruction of so much that is cherished and important just so a clutch of people can drink and shop in chain prisons ?
What kind of vision is this from the top? where does Boris Johnson fit into all of this? is there any kind of leadership or vision? that cuddly man of the people thing was always a bit of a joke really as he turns the city into a playground for the rich with no questions asked. This could be the mayor that killed the golden goose with a short sited greed.
George Orwell’s vision of the future was a boot stamping on the face of humanity for ever now it now seems to have morphed into a chain coffee bar grinding not only coffee but itself into the face of humanity for ever…