Electric Avenue, Brixton - news and discussion

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Sep 24, 2014.

  1. The Fornicator

    The Fornicator Well-Known Member

    If we're spending £2.5 million on tidying the market up it would be remiss not to promote the place.

    If it turns out to be money well spent, who knows, we might get the ornamental iron frontages back as well ...
  2. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    No fucking chance. The day that comes back will be the day that the street has been gentrified out of existence.
  3. The Fornicator

    The Fornicator Well-Known Member

    To put back as it was is usually called 'restoration' :D
  4. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    I'm not one for branding everywhere but yeah, I like the sign too.

    I think I'll like it even more if one of the letters constantly buzzes and flickers like in a 70s road movie.
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  5. The Fornicator

    The Fornicator Well-Known Member

    I'd quite like it if that sign and the Iceland work of art swapped places.
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  6. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Though they would need to sell opera glasses so you could read the pulsating market words of wisdom on Mr Self's installation.
    Make it easier to repair the Electric Avenue sign though.
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  7. happyshopper

    happyshopper Well-Known Member

    What's interesting about Electric Avenue is that it provides zero evidence of gentrification.
  8. cuppa tee

    cuppa tee Well-Known Member

    Thanks, I was thinking it might just be a handy backdrop for the selfie obsessed.
  9. The Fornicator

    The Fornicator Well-Known Member

    Some might say the earlier electrification itself, back in the day, was about as 'gentrification' as you can get; the whole thing could be seen as celebrating earlier gentrification :)
  10. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    For now, but the times they are a-changing.
  11. happyshopper

    happyshopper Well-Known Member

    I agree. We will know we are all done for when the first trendy chain takes up premises in Electric Avenue. This doesn't include Gregg's of course.
  12. Lizzy Mac

    Lizzy Mac Well-Known Member

    You say that, but I read that they were doing my beloved Cheese & Onion pasty in sourdough with other lower fat options available too ; )
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  13. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    The actual buildings of electric ave and the flats above seem to be in a shocking state. Windows boarded up etc. I was looking around one of the kitchen plastic bits and bobs shops the other day and it reeked of damp and rot. Does anyone know, will the freeholders or leaseholders get any improvement grants for structural stuff or to improve exterior appearances?

    the real shame is that it doesn't seem to have helped the market traders at all - they are not complimentary about it. The disruption has ruined trade, the 'opening' was after market hours and the new road surface, while badly needed, doesn't 'transform' anything. Workman have already had to dig up some pipes at the atlantic rd end I hear.
  14. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    As a non-Brit I have always wondered wtf the deal is with property space above shops on high streets/ commercial streets in this country. So many of them look underused, used as storage or simply empty. Such a massive waste. Is it to do with with leasing regulations, with lack of direct access to the upper levels from the street, or something else?
  15. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    It's also quite mad because there are regularly tax incentives to being them into use, e.g. 0% CGT if they've been unoccupied for ten years. Not sure whether that's still in place.
  16. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

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  17. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

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  18. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    They used my block as the backdrop for their gritty video shoot. Well fucking edgy.

  19. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    "I got into photography just to document my sneaker collection"....
  20. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Saw they used the Rec as well.

    These kind of cunts really piss me off. Where are they when people were campaigning to keep the Rec and later get it listed?

    Now the market has been done up they want to come here . With there Ghetto Chic.

    Wish there was another riot so they could be burnt out.

    More shit from there blog. Which confirmed my view of them.

    Introducing size? Brixton - size? blog
  21. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Edgy inner city poverty backdrop for their £150 trainers.
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  22. discobastard

    discobastard _____Ϯ_____

    Spectacularly bad.

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  23. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I fear for the knock on impact for the rest of the street now that the hip and trendy gang are moving in. Watch those rents skyrocket :(
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  24. discobastard

    discobastard _____Ϯ_____

    It's just rather crass and *really* unimaginative.
  25. isvicthere?

    isvicthere? a.k.a. floppybollocks

    Ironic (or not, maybe) that it features two young black people, the very demographic being driven out by the gentrification this ad, presumably, is encouraging.

    "Come to kool Brixton-lite! It's well 'urban', but in a good way." :(
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2017
  26. isvicthere?

    isvicthere? a.k.a. floppybollocks

    In the words of the sage Nathan Barley, "Bare kool!"
  27. Mr Retro

    Mr Retro Beware hedgehogs

    Size? Aren't hip, trendy, ghetto chic or any of those things though. Nobody who has a minor idea of fashion thinks that, whatever marketing videos they publish. They are just retailers who have affiliate marketing agreements with a lot of run of the mill brands.

    That's not to say they won't start a rush of other retailers onto Electric Avenue though, pushing up rents. These reatailers will be as boring as size? though. Which is a pity.
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  28. lefteri

    lefteri Well-Known Member

    This is true, size is just mainstream high street - it's a continuation of the H+M, TK maxx trend but it's terrible that it's spreading beyond Brixton road into a street that should be market type trading, - the council should protect its character
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  29. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    It's the beginning of the end for Electric Avenue, with Lambeth's makeover and pointless 'iconic' neon sign greasing the wheels for the mainstream takeover.

    And compared to what was there before, Size? are as trendy and as hip as fuck.
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  30. Carpet man

    Carpet man Active Member

    When the rents rocket skyward the existing business close or hike up their prices to cover their costs and the good people of Brixton now pay more or can't afford to buy , who wins ? , gready Landlords and Lambeth Council in extra business rates !! Come on we all know they don't give a shit
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