The new owners of Oriental City want to redevelop it to incorporate a DIY superstore and a furniture store – a process that will mean moving the existing tenants to “alternative accomodation” for two years. (Exactly what that means for the traders and their customers is unclear.) As usual, the logic seems one of pure private profit untramelled by social or cultural considerations – the area has little need for more big-box stores.
And also as usual, the promise is that the new development will preserve the character of the area and offer social benefits (such as housing and a primary school). Anyone who’s paid more than cursory attention to the way British property investments have been handled over the past decade, however, may share my suspicion that the community will struggle to survive this disruption and the expensive social elements of the plan will conveniently never prove “necessary”.
There doesn’t seem to be much you can do about it online, but if you do visit Oriental City, make sure to sign their petition to Ken Livingstone and record your protest against yet another crass, unnecessary development that will do nothing but further homogenize our city.over 6 years ago