|Brenda Henneh’s Street Views| Same Spot Update with “Peel” on Holywell Lane EC2A

This is the same spot where Tilt’s Union Jack was sprayed on! This mural, to me, represents how East London is changing before our very eyes. Once derelict but  loved for its gritty nature and a hot-pot of the eccentric underground subcultures, east London has been the place to be, with new companies setting up offices and investing in the area. However, EC2 especially, has become a place where its roots have been dismissed as new money is being pumped into the area. New expensive accommodation has taken the place of  car parks and the dilapidated tower blocks and Victorian architecture that make inner city building LONDON-esque buildings are being demolished. Stratford, with the introduction of Westfields and again more luxury apartments, means E15 or even now E20 (Stratford City) is losing its original residents who are leaving for a cheaper place to stay. I’m going to miss the old east London. I hear the new ‘in’ place to be will be south-east London. We’ll see.

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