Okay, so we lost the battle over Lakota, but it seems like the groundswell of dissent in the area over the massive changes to the cultural and social makeup of our area proposed by developers is finally being heeded by the council… In quick succession the plans to put up apartment blocks and student flats on the sites of Clockwork and the Attic Bar and adjacent to the Bell have all been thrown out!
For more info on this and other developments, stay tuned to the People’s Republic of Stokes Croft and the St. Paul’s Unlimited Community Partnership websites, and check my Nu.Bristol pages.
PS An interesting little vid with Chris Chalkley of PRSC, SC resident Keval Shah and Hogge from the Cube talking about the area and the challenges it faces:
Posted in Bristol, Bristol Shitty Council, Clubs+Gigs+Fests+Venues, NewsBurst, Policing Space, Yuppification & All That Jazz
Tagged Attic Bar, Bristol City Council, Chris Chalkley, Clockwork, Cube, Eclipse, Full Moon, gentrification, Hogge, Jamaica Street, Keval Shah, Lakota, microplex, Moon Street, People's Republic of Stokes Croft, planning application, planning process, property speculation, PRSC, SPUnC, St. Paul's, St. Paul's Unlimited Community Partnership, Stokes Croft, The Bell
Looks like 1520 Sedgwick over in the Bronx – putative home of hip hop – has won itself a stay after local authorities in New York blocked a speculative sale of the building… :)
1520 is not just a significant historical location, it’s also home to many working class Noo Yoikers under the Mitchell-Lama affordable housing programme, so it’s also something of a spanner in the works for the profiteers and gentrifiers.
As Kool Herc himself says:
It’s not just about 1520, it’s about all affordable housing. Every family needs a piece of the American dream.
Posted in Activista, NewsBurst, The Merry Curs, Yuppification & All That Jazz
Tagged 1520 Sedgwick, affordable housing, block party, Bronx, Charles Schumer, gentrification, hip hop, Kool Herc, Maggie Russell-Ciardi, Mitchell-Lama, New York, property speculation, Tenants & Neighbors, yuppification