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boohoo

No.
Thaw - people use the word community as a feel good word to denote a neighbourhood where local residents all talk to each and have shared values. However as we are all aware within a neighbourhood there can be many communities (even the cosy world of urban75 has a varied of communities with differing opinions). Wahaca has said they offer community spaces but to which of Brixton's communities? I'm sure they are open to all but what is the cost of using this space? Some community projects would not want to spend money on where they go to have a meeting or will find it odd that some of those attending a meeting in that space would not be able to afford to eat there.

People can offer facilities til they are blue in the face but if they are not of service to the local people or they don't make sure that the community know about them, they become redundant. I'm sure someone will use their community spaces but you might just find it's more likely to be the wealthier newer members of Brixton than the more established communities (although of course not all over the established older community are poor or less wealthy than the new comers!)
 

Brainaddict

chief propagandist (provisional)
tbh it could have been much worse. Wahaca at least does okay food at fairly affordable prices. Depends what you compare it to I suppose. Worse than something of actual community use but better than a Slug and Lettuce. I suppose that's damning it with faint praise, but the food really isn't bad :D
 

editor

hiraethified
Thaw - people use the word community as a feel good word to denote a neighbourhood where local residents all talk to each and have shared values. However as we are all aware within a neighbourhood there can be many communities (even the cosy world of urban75 has a varied of communities with differing opinions). Wahaca has said they offer community spaces but to which of Brixton's communities? I'm sure they are open to all but what is the cost of using this space? Some community projects would not want to spend money on where they go to have a meeting or will find it odd that some of those attending a meeting in that space would not be able to afford to eat there.

People can offer facilities til they are blue in the face but if they are not of service to the local people or they don't make sure that the community know about them, they become redundant. I'm sure someone will use their community spaces but you might just find it's more likely to be the wealthier newer members of Brixton than the more established communities (although of course not all over the established older community are poor or less wealthy than the new comers!)
I remember asking the developers of the Canterbury for details about how their vaguely proposed 'community space' may actually be used and who they expected to be using it. And their answers were much in line with your comments above.
 

Rushy

AKA some / certain posters
Thaw - people use the word community as a feel good word to denote a neighbourhood where local residents all talk to each and have shared values. However as we are all aware within a neighbourhood there can be many communities (even the cosy world of urban75 has a varied of communities with differing opinions). Wahaca has said they offer community spaces but to which of Brixton's communities? I'm sure they are open to all but what is the cost of using this space? Some community projects would not want to spend money on where they go to have a meeting or will find it odd that some of those attending a meeting in that space would not be able to afford to eat there.

People can offer facilities til they are blue in the face but if they are not of service to the local people or they don't make sure that the community know about them, they become redundant. I'm sure someone will use their community spaces but you might just find it's more likely to be the wealthier newer members of Brixton than the more established communities (although of course not all over the established older community are poor or less wealthy than the new comers!)
I recently filled in a survey instigated by an Urbanite about an excellent but sorely under-utilised community space local to me and what people really want from it. It will be interesting to hear what comes out of it. She has not posted on here for a couple of months.
 

ViolentPanda

Hardly getting over it.
'space for community events' seems like a good enough definition.
Only if you find vagueness-to-the-point-of-incomprehensibility "good enough".
"Space for community events" could mean literally anything, including "you can use our broom cupboard once a year" or "we'll charge you 'mate rates' to hire our rooms, rather than the full wonga".
 

editor

hiraethified
Just stumbled across these two pics from when Brady's was squatted some 13 years ago. They put on some really interesting events there for a while.

bradys1.jpg bradys.jpg
isvicthere?
 

playghirl

Well-Known Member
My second wedding party was in there, we left and were involved in a 6 car police chase up past a long queue at the fridge bar, we were caught up near The Windmill... We'll it is a long story...1997/1998 it was... My first wedding party/ reception was in The Queen, I host salubrious wedding, does I! Brixton, I love you!
 

playghirl

Well-Known Member
I'd forgotten lit by candlelight. I'd go in in the morning in winter if I wasn't working and get warm by the little 3 bar radiator. Mid 90s!
 

SpamMisery

Pretty comfortable here right under your skin
That second one looks pretty hipsterish to me. But if it was 10+ years ago maybe they were ahead of the curve
 

teuchter

je suis teuchter
The last thing you'd find in a nineties squat is young people wearing consciously alternative outfits. All clothing and accessories were 100% functional.
 

editor

hiraethified
The last thing you'd find in a nineties squat is young people wearing consciously alternative outfits. All clothing and accessories were 100% functional.
What are you on about, please? I know it's bound to be something sneery and condescending, but this latest post from you seems particularly bizarre.
 

boohoo

No.
The last thing you'd find in a nineties squat is young people wearing consciously alternative outfits. All clothing and accessories were 100% functional.
Yes - a raggedy edged jumper was suitable for vomiting over after over indulging. Totally functional.
 

editor

hiraethified
In the Prince Albert?


The old pub A-board was only briefly stored at the Albert after the eviction of Rushcroft Road. Fair breaks my 'eart to see, it it does



I'm guessing Wahaca will just shove up one of these somewhere and bang on about keeping the heritage alive or summat.
 

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Rushy

AKA some / certain posters
I have heard that they are planning a Brady's Burrito and and a Clash Caipirinha.
 

editor

hiraethified
I have heard that they are planning a Brady's Burrito and and a Clash Caipirinha.
Wouldn't it simply be divine if the well heeled folks from the edgily named Brady's block in Brixton Square could toodle across to Wahaca and enjoy a Brady's Burrito? That would work on so many levels of nu-coolness.
 

Rushy

AKA some / certain posters
Wouldn't it simply be divine if the well heeled folks from the edgily named Brady's block in Brixton Square could toodle across to Wahaca and enjoy a Brady's Burrito? That would work on so many levels of nu-coolness.
Washed down with a Hendrix and Tonic.
 

editor

hiraethified
Just walked past, it looks awful. Such a shame, I wish they'd been obliged to retain more of the character of the building.
The interior has been completely ripped out. It could be one of countless trendy bar/restaurants anywhere in the UK, such is the total removal of any character or original features.
 

editor

hiraethified
The multi million business is doing awfully well too.

The Thomasina Miers & Mark Selby Mexican restaurant group Wahaca, has seen its turnover rise 54% as its profits increase more than sevenfold as it posted its latest annual accounts.The group, which currently has 12 locations around London, was founded in 2008 and recorded a turnover of nearly £22.5m for the 53 weeks to 31 June 2013. Meanwhile, pre-tax profits were up from just over £60,000 in 2011/12 to nearly £417,000 for 2012/13.
http://www.binghamandjones.co.uk/#!Record-Profits-for-Wahaca/c1um4/5E53E9C3-D438-4D58-9C54-91FAD6A8DCEF
 

Winot

I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint
Let's hope their profits go through the floor then and they go out of business and stop employing people. That way we can get Bradys back to what it used to be.
 

Rushy

AKA some / certain posters
Regular financial tit bits are a great way of attracting new readers to Urban who would normally only have time for a cursory 10 minutes perusing the FT in between deals. A kind of Brixton Reuters or Bloomberg, as it were. Good work!
 
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