Elephant and Castle: ‘regenerate’ and destroy

Londoners enjoy great views of London from Alexandra Palace. The Elephant and Castle can be seen seven miles away but the view conceals more than it reveals. Residents in the Elephant and Castle and Walworth struggle with developers and a local council hellbent on a type of ‘regeneration’ that causes net losses of council homes and forces working class people out of this south London neighbourhood. Now this corporate gentrification threatens to destroy the livelihoods of people who trade and work at the area’s landmark Shopping Centre. Is the Elephant and Castle destined to be a domain just for the wealthy? Is ‘regeneration’ degenerating London’s unique character and culture?

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London: a Real Estate City as seen from the People’s Palace

The view of London from Alexandra Palace conceals more than it reveals. A ‘havoc’ of luxury residential and office towers gives London’s skyline a jagged edge. They are the product of an unaccountable and powerful alliance between global corporate capital interests and a cadre of London’s leading politicians, including the Mayor of London. This opaque ‘local market state’ severely cramps the life chances of working Londoners on average and lower incomes, demolishing Londoners’ secure council homes – and then denying Londoners the secure and genuinely affordable homes they desperately need.

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