A lot of people living in London (and other cities across the UK and the world) like to live in desirable places. Depending on what type of person you are and how much money you have, the areas vary. When I was a student living in Mile End, I wasn’t aware that Shoreditch was the place to be, and that people were gradually migrating up towards Dalston and Stoke Newington. It soon became apparent, and that’s where we started going out.
So this is how it goes – a kind of creep of rising house prices, pop up shops, expensive pints and bearded men on longboards. Obviously some people who’ve lived in the area for years are affected in a very negative way – if they don’t own the house they live in, the rent goes up, their friends and neighbours move further out into the suburbs, and they have to dodge pissed hipsters on fixies who have decided that pavements are a fantastic way to overtake buses.
BUT. For those who have money, or the Hipsters themselves who ‘found’ the next new place (recent reports have indicated Walthamstow, Camberwell and Peckham are the new hotspots), moaning incessantly about influxes of people exactly the same as themselves – just shut up would you?
An article that really made me laugh was by a man called Alex Proud, a “Gallerist, club and restaurant owner”. Banging on about ‘Shoreditchification’, the man fumes over how flocks of hipsters seem to have taken over his whole neighbourhood(s?) like an army of squatters. Mate, buy a helicopter and a mansion in Cumbria, because you’re basically asking the sun not to shine.