[NetBehaviour] Heygate estate gentrification drawing

michael szpakowski michael at dvblog.org
Tue Oct 21 22:06:46 CEST 2014

this is great Dave!

 From: dave miller <dave.miller.uk at gmail.com>
To: NetBehaviour for networked distributed creativity <netbehaviour at netbehaviour.org> 
Sent: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 9:34 AM
Subject: [NetBehaviour] Heygate estate gentrification drawing


Some explanation:

The top panel shows the Heygate Estate being demolished, and bottom panel shows anxious residents talking to their local councillor. This drawing is about greed and speculation, gentrification and social cleansing, how Heygate’s former tenants have been moved out of their homes to make way for their richer replacements.

The text “What sorrow for you who buy up house after house and field after field, until everyone is evicted and you live alone in the land” - is taken from the Bible (Isiah 5)

Some background:

“This is a situation that divides everyone living in London in two: an affluent minority benefiting from a booming property market and a majority struggling under a severe housing crisis.

Just south of the roundabout in Elephant and Castle, the Heygate Estate has become the paradigmatic example of the MIPIM-model of property development – what those profiting from it would like to call ‘regeneration’. Lend Lease, an Australian developer, are demolishing the Heygate council estate to make room for 2400 luxury flats. For thirty years, Heygate provided Southwark with 1200 social-rented dwellings; the new development will contain 79.

Heygate’s former tenants have been moved out of their homes to make way for their richer replacements. Those who refused were dealt with via a Compulsory Purchase Order. Average compensation for a one-bedroom flat was £95,480; the cheapest equivalents in the new development will cost £310,000. Consequently, the vast majority have been scattered across south London.

At a public inquiry into the process, former Heygate leaseholder Terry Redpath traveled in from Sidcup to describe how he was affected. “I could no longer afford to stay in the area,” he said. “The compensation I was offered plus £45,000 of life savings bought me a terraced property 15 miles out of London.”

Heygate encapsulates how regeneration works – and why social cleansing is a more accurate term. 

At a time when millions of Londoners are in acute need of affordable housing, local authorities are knocking it down and replacing it with luxury flats. An affluent professional class moves in and, assisted by hedge fund managers with no intention of living in the homes they buy, entirely displaces the existing community.

Meanwhile, most Londoners find themselves with no influence over the way their city changes, peeking through the window at a process that is selling off public land and pushing the poorest of them out of their homes.”

Extracts taken from: http://leftfootforward.org/2014/10/the-mipim-property-fair-everything-wrong-with-regeneration/
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