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For Whom the Kale Tolls

Here’s a radical idea: let’s talk about gentrification, without saying the word hipster, argues Rosie J. Spinks.

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Nov 12, 2013 · 6 min read
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Pigalle / Marcio Cabral de Moura

Street-level view

In 2012, I started a project that spanned a year in the east London neighborhood of Dalston. Three Course Story is a collection of long-form interviews with the users of a homeless drop in center, all of whom lived in the area. Dalston has become a place with as many mustache-themed cocktail bars and artisanal coffee roasters as it has African hair salons and Turkish grocers.I wanted to bridge the gap between the two neighborhoods that seemingly occupied the same space: one defined by poverty and lack of opportunity; the other looked at as up-and-coming and trendy.

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Pigalle Metro station / David McKelvey

Out of “Place”

Williams laments the loss of “hostess bars” in Paris’ Pigalle because he sees them as integral to the “grit and character” of that neighborhood. I wonder how the single mother that’s been living above that brothel feels about them? Or if the small tabac owner next door would rather have a different cliental coming past his store? Hell, I wonder what the “hostesses” think about it.


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Illustration by Amy Crehore for Rosie’s “Hacked Off”

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