Category Archives: Gentrification

We’re staging a sit-in to stop our university’s social cleansing plans | Sahaya James

The disastrous proposals for the Elephant and Castle area in London will destroy entire communities and cultures

On Tuesday night we occupied University of Arts London’s (UAL) London College of Communication (LCC) building to demand our university puts a stop to its disastrous development plans in Elephant and Castle. The university has entered into a partnership with the property firm Delancey, with a plan to knock down the much-loved Elephant and Castle shopping centre opposite the Southwark campus – home to 70 local, mostly black, Asian and minority ethnic-owned businesses – in order to build luxury apartments and a new campus.

Delancey has made provision for a paltry 3% of the 1,000 new flats to be available at an affordable rent, while businesses and market traders based in the shopping centre will be turfed out, without any coherent plan in place for their relocation or any guarantee of a right to return at the end of the process.

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Source: gad

Buses for Apple employees attacked with pellet guns, company suspects

Corporate buses, which ferry workers from San Francisco to its Silicon Valley headquarters, have become symbols of gentrification

At least five buses used to transport Apple employees to the company’s headquarters have had their windows smashed by what is suspected to be pellet guns during the last week.

The first window was shattered on the evening of Friday 12 January, as the shuttle bus travelled from the company campus back into San Francisco. Three more were hit on Tuesday morning, followed by another suspected attack on Tuesday evening, according to an email sent to Apple staff and seen by the Guardian.

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Source: gad2