This Is Fucking Vandalism, London’s History And Culture Are Being Destroyed In The Name Of Greed

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black-capsAround 150 people joined a protest outside The Black Cap public house in Camden yesterday after it closed suddenly and without warning last week.  The long running LGBT venue opened in the 1960s, surviving throughout the days when gay people faced prosecution.  Now it is falling victim to rampant gentrification that respects neither culture or history and seeks only to make as much money as possible for greedy property developers.

Speaking at the protest drag artist Titti La Camp, a former performer at the pub, said 10 gay venues had closed in central London since the current Tory government weren’t elected.  In an all too familiar story, those trying to save The Black Cap believe it is likely to be converted into yet more luxury flats that nobody local can afford.

camden-marketsA few hundred yards away a large part of Camden Market is currently a building site, awaiting being converted…

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2 Responses to “This Is Fucking Vandalism, London’s History And Culture Are Being Destroyed In The Name Of Greed”

  1. keithpp Says:

    I walked through Soho a couple of years ago. I was shocked by how much it had changed, barely recognisable.

    Food For Thought in Covent Garden, one of the best places to eat in London, closing down on 1 June 2015 after forty years, driven out by extortionate rent.

    Across London, we are seeing social cleansing taking place, people kicked out of their homes, entire estates demolished, to be replaced by luxury apartments. Luxury apartments for sale to speculators in China, Russia and the Middle East.

    In Farnborough, c 1720s The Tumbledown Dick destroyed for a Drive-Thru McDonald’s. Planning officials lied, councillors did a secret behind closed doors deal with McDonald’s, the planning committee rubber-stamped what was put before them, one councillor has been gloating ever since.

    Pubs across the county are being destroyed.

    People are fighting back. They are taking direct action, having lost all faith in corrupt local councils.

    People are setting up their own social alternatives.

  2. keithpp Says:

    Destroy the environment, and you destroy a sense of place. All that is left is a sense of alienation.

    Russell Brand describes this sense of alienation in the opening pages of Revolution.

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