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Electric Avenue to get £2.6m funding to 'restore and revitalise' the street

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

  1. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

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    Sadly, the iconic canopies aren't coming back, but here's what the money is for:
    I asked the Project manager of the project:
    The response:
    More info: http://www.brixtonbuzz.com/2014/09/...funding-but-the-canopies-wont-be-coming-back/
     
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  2. boohoo

    boohoo Part-time Cat

    Although it will be great to see the place done up and the buildings above used as homes, I can't help think this is another way to move out a whole bunch of shops tenants and those who live above the shops not necessarily because they want to get rid of the people but because they can make more money. It's all about making more money.
     
  3. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    That's what I fear too. I can easily imagine how lovely and investment-friendly the street will look once it's tarted up ("it's the new Brixton Village!"), and I can equally imagine the trendy little stores all moving in...
     
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  4. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    That outcome is possible - and undesirable. But the street could do with a tidy-up - trees growing out of houses!
     
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  5. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I think I'd prefer that to a nu-Brixton Village appearing.
     
  6. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    Surely there can't be the demand for a doubling of the number of restaurants etc

    There must be some limit.
     
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  7. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Trouble is, once you become a full-on, Time Out lauded 'destination' there seems to be very little limit to how many restaurants, quirky bars, trendy shops, crafty stores, hubs and creative industries a place can take.

    Twenty years ago, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Hoxton and Shoreditch couldn't possibly need any more bars and restaurants.
     
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  8. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    Of course. But it might not be the same.

    Some parts of the East End, such as Bethnal Green rd and Whitechapel road/Mile End, are markedly unchanged.
     
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  9. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    Shame the canopies aren't being reinstated,,,,
     
  10. cuppa tee

    cuppa tee Well-Known Member

    thinking more in the short term I wonder who the owners of all the premises down electric ave who will be copping for these 85% grants are, and whether the refurbished premises will command higher returns than presently. also wondering what will happen to the day to day activities of the market once these extensive works start along with influx of scaffolding, skips etc etc, it could get a bit hectic
     
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  11. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  12. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    Probably the same kind of owner as the landlord on BBC R4 today bemoaning the fact that government energy grants had not been paid on his 17 buy-to-let properties that he 'cannot' afford to improve himself!
     
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  13. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    That's basically Shoreditch. From top of Brick Lane eastwards it has hardly changed since I left there in 2006.

    Also, Brixton may be different to the inner East End in other ways: location, transport, access, housing, employment etc.

    Brixton may go the same way. It may not
     
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  14. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    There's loads more trendy stuff to be found east of Brick Lane, honest.
     
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  15. cuppa tee

    cuppa tee Well-Known Member

    that sounds suspiciously close to the thinking behind Oval Quarter :hmm:
     
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  16. SarfLondoner

    SarfLondoner KenDoddsDadsDogsDead.

    Doe's lambeth own the flats above the shops?
     
  17. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    The property with the tree growing out of an upper wall was owned by a landlord, according to the shopkeeper below
     
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  18. SarfLondoner

    SarfLondoner KenDoddsDadsDogsDead.

    People sitting on a goldmine!
     
  19. TopCat

    TopCat Gone away, no forwarding address

    Where will the stinky meat shops go?
     
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  20. We live above one of the butchers, our flat is already what you would call "done up" however they are really nice (high ceilings, large rooms) so its a real shame to see that many of the places down the street seem to be empty. This news can only be a good thing, imo to say it should be left in its current declining state because there is a risk that doing it up could attract further investment is nonsense.
     
  21. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I don't think anyone is suggesting that the decline shouldn't be addressed, but there are very real concerns about how this might be done. Several people have voiced their concerns that these improvements could see long term traders and residents being hoofed out.

    I'm not sure where you stand on that, but I am very much against such an outcome.
     
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  22. SarfLondoner

    SarfLondoner KenDoddsDadsDogsDead.

    I was wondering what restrictions if any will be imposed on the shops and stallholders once it becomes "residential"
     
  23. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    It already is residential.
     
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  24. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

    What steps do you think need to be taken to ensure that doesn't happen?
     
  25. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    What I'd like to happen is never going to happen, so there's little point in listing them. Do you have any practical suggestions?
     
  26. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

    I'm no expert in this area, I'm afraid. I suspect that there is very little that can be done to stop rents rising as an area is improved/gentrified (choose your preferred term). In terms of residential property I'd like to see the end of tax breaks for landlords and longer protected tenancies, but as you say that isn't likely to happen any time soon. I can't see that not making improvements to an area is a solution though.
     
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  27. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Starry Wisdom

    should have eddy grant open the refurbished street with a rendition of his 1982 single, 'electric avenue'

     
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  28. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Starry Wisdom

    shoreditch has always had well-defined borders, and everything east and south of st leonards is tower hamlets, as is everything south of hackney road and east of goldsmiths row.
     
  29. SarfLondoner

    SarfLondoner KenDoddsDadsDogsDead.

    I meant once it's re developed/gentrified,
     
  30. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Starry Wisdom

    tbh councils are often confused about what they own. i am aware of several properties in dalston which hackney have bought twice and even three times in different decades.
     

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