Tell them what you really think of their ‘regeneration’…
For those of you unfamiliar with the High Street 2012 project, it is essentially a gentrification gimmick for the route from the City to the Olympic Site in Stratford. That is, of course, including Whitechapel High Street – Mile End Road.
Amongst other monstrosities, it’s logo appears on the website for the Water Lily Development and presumably has something to do with the demolition of the council estate right opposite what will become the Waterlily for – you guessed it – more shops that we cant afford to spend our money in.
The High St 2012 project cannot be seen in isolation from the wholesale yuppification of our area.
They never asked us if we wanted any of this…until now!
The Mile End Waste Consultation will be taking place at the Genesis Cinema, 93-95 Mile End Road, this Wednesday 28th July at 6:30 PM.
It will be discussing the nicer parts of regeneration, namely the planting of trees, cleaning of statues, and the creation of parks. Whilst WAG would not disagree that these are all things the East End could benefit from, we aren’t naive enough to think that we will be around to enjoy them for long if High Street 2012 – and their partners in Tower Hamlets Council and the London Development Agency – have their way.
Such improvements to the area serve two purposes: one, to make it appear to the existing residents of the East End that their lives are being improved by the Olympic development and two, to make investment by those who cater for transient, but profitable, sectors of population (i.e: tourists, first-time buyers and City workers) more attractive. It doesnt take a genius to realise that the interests of the rich will take priority over the working class communities of the East End unless we organise together, now.
On that note, we cordially invite you to turn this sham consultation on it’s head and expose it for the crude PR stunt that it is. It’s time we put our issues and needs on the agenda. This is only the beginning…