Stokes Croft: The saga of one British neighbourhood reveals the perverse injustices of gentrification

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Nowhere is the sharp injustice of gentrification so grossly demonstrated as in Stokes Croft, Bristol. With its world-renowned street art and buzzing local scene, this area is the main fount of culture and creativity, which has propelled the city to international fame. For many years, Stokes Croft has been a seat of resilience and rebellion against the inevitable creep of corporate interests into “up-and-coming” areas.

This is a place where locals staged a peaceful sit-in against the opening of a chain supermarket – a protest which escalated into riots when local squatters were evicted by police a few days later. One of Banksy’s first murals – The Mild, Mild West – still remains, a beloved memorial to the ravers who resisted police in the 1990s.

But like so many creative hubs before it, Stokes Croft is becoming a victim of its own trendiness. Now, one of the area’s most central hot spots – Hamilton House – is at risk of being redeveloped. In our research on developments in Stokes Croft, we traced the tragic arc of dereliction, rejuvenation and gentrification up to the current moment.

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TitelIt’s time for governments to put a stop to the twisted logic of gentrification
BekanntheitsgradInternational
Medienbezeichnung/OutletThe Independent
MedienformatWeb
LandGroßbritannien / Vereinigtes Königreich
Datum der Veröffentlichung10.08.17
URLhttps://www.independent.co.uk/news/long_reads/gentrification-bristol-stokes-croft-injustices-a7882966.html
PersonenArmin Beverungen, Fabian Frenzel

Beschreibung

Nowhere is the sharp injustice of gentrification so grossly demonstrated as in Stokes Croft, Bristol. With its world-renowned street art and buzzing local scene, this area is the main fount of culture and creativity, which has propelled the city to international fame. For many years, Stokes Croft has been a seat of resilience and rebellion against the inevitable creep of corporate interests into “up-and-coming” areas.

This is a place where locals staged a peaceful sit-in against the opening of a chain supermarket – a protest which escalated into riots when local squatters were evicted by police a few days later. One of Banksy’s first murals – The Mild, Mild West – still remains, a beloved memorial to the ravers who resisted police in the 1990s.

But like so many creative hubs before it, Stokes Croft is becoming a victim of its own trendiness. Now, one of the area’s most central hot spots – Hamilton House – is at risk of being redeveloped. In our research on developments in Stokes Croft, we traced the tragic arc of dereliction, rejuvenation and gentrification up to the current moment.

Zeitraum10.08.2017
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