How could Telford Homes have got the vibe so badly wrong in its marketing video for the Vibe development in Dalston? Quick summary… fey trust fund princess in a flowery dress marvels at a whitewashed playground version of the capital, packed with scrumptious cakes, expensive furniture shops and fascinating hipsters. But it’s the “whitewashed” element that’s drawings the most attention. But I spotted a non-white person, at 4.08! I think?
Has Dalston turned from dodgy to desirable? asks LondonLovesBusiness in a headline sure to provoke irritation among first-time buyers seeing house prices rise on the back what looks like a media-hunt for the next Shoreditch.
(It's a local property professional being quoted.) The piece seems to conclude that even if the tail is wagging the dog in the case of Dalston, the end result may be the same. Venues, galleries, cafes and culture, the musicians, artists, chefs travelling in from Tottenham.
Dalston's Kingsland Estate is on borrowed time, and due for demolition this year. Before it goes, Egyptian-born artist Nazir Tanbouli is, with the housing association's blessing, populating it with strange creatures by means of a series of expert murals. He intends to continue right up to demolition. There's an interesting piece by Londonist here, plus the artist's own blog, The King's Land, here.
That's the message from SkyscraperNews.com's James Newton, writing in the Telegraph, following local opposition to plans to build a 50 metre "eco-tower" (130 apartments, interesting-lookoing hanging gardens) next to Dalston's Kingsland Station. Locals are concerned about living in its shadow, and argue Dalston's not the right place for this type of building.
There's an interesting piece in the Independent today about why it pays dividends to keep a close eye on public transport policy when planning your next London move. It's all about Dalston, Peckham... and there's this interesting snippet:
It's a short but interesting piece by the FT's Tony Tassell, and worries about the element of rioting as "spectator sport" he witnessed in Hackney, the cheering (of the rioters) as they attacked the police. Has Hackney, he asks, really changed?
According to X-Factor winner Leona Lewis, not only can you not take Hackney out of the girl, you can't take the girl out of Hackney. According to Virgin music news, she's in the process of buying the flat she's been renting.
And lives to tell the tale. Actually, this is an interesting piece about perception, reality and depressing territorial violence in the Hackney, Dalston areas; and it's sparked some lively debate in the comments section. Go visit.
Spare a thought for Dalston primary school caretaker Patrick Ryan who's being forced to live among the rubble of the East London line extension. His neighbours have been bulldozed, his house remains, and it's a requirement of his job that he lives in it. The noise is apparently driving him crazy, and it doesn't sound as if he's getting much practical help from the local diocese (he's employed by a church school). Plenty of pastoral care though, which would be comforting if he could hear it.
Supt Wayne Mawson - head of operations for Haringey - has admitted moving out of his Hackney home because of the youths sitting on his wall. They apparently made him nervous when he arrived back from work. That's comforting.
Soap characters, property prices, complete blending of fiction and reality... it's the Sun and the Rat and Mouse loves it. The piece ("an exclusive investigation") looks at Eastenders, Emmerdale and Coronation Street, and asks whether the characters could really afford to live there. Obviously, the Rat and Mouse is interested in Eastenders, here, and that will only change when somebody proves to us that the north really exists. Apparently Albert Square is based on Fassett Square in Dalston:
According to a Foxtons agent interviewed by the Sun, Fassett Square prices have risen by 70% in the last three years, with a three-bedroom house costing around the £800,000 mark... not much more than what Max and Tanya Branning would have had to pay for their Albert Square semi. Max is a dodgy insurance salesman, Tanya's a slutty beautician... even if they'd paid a giant deposit, perhaps negotiated by their agents with the BBC (see how I can do that fiction-reality mix-up thing, too?), they'd still be looking at a 17xsalary mortgage. The Sun suggests they're dealing. Wouldn't put it past them.
There is a beautiful remnant of early Georgian architecture in Dalston Lane which the council of Hackney sees as being fit to be demolished, having allowed the area to fall to rack and ruin. Here is a blog for the campaigners who are trying with their local might to save Dalston theatre and a pair of 1820 Georgian Houses (this is being supported by the Georgian Society and SAVE British Heritage). This area of London needs to have sufficient Listing so that future generations will not have to suffer the atrocious mistakes of council plans (like the 60s, it seems that history tends to repeat itself).
And here's a picture (courtesy of above blog) of three unorthodox Dalston Theatre-goers, evicting a group of protesters who have apparently been inside the theatre since February
Things are clearly getting desperate. Visit the blog and look at the very interesting photographs of the potentially very lovely and definitely very important properties concerned... and if they leave you concerned, show your support.
Why? Because of a row that's erupted over the results of a The Best and Worst Places To Live in the UK survey, which will be aired on TV shortly. Hackney didn't do so well. In fact, it came bottom of the UK's 434 local councils, in a survey that took into account crime, education, shopping, the environment, employment and life expectancy. Hackney's mayor has apparently accused the BBC of "middle-class snobbery". More here. By the way, Hackney wasn't the only London council at the very bottom of the list. It was joined by Tower Hamlets, Newham and Islington.