Talking Point: What should be done to tackle gentrification in London?

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<p>Hackney was among the boroughs named in the report</p> (AFP via Getty Images)

Hackney was among the boroughs named in the report

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New data today revealed the London boroughs that experienced the most gentrification between 2010 and 2016.

The study, carried out by the Runnymede Trust and CLASS, named the top ten inner London boroughs as Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth, Hackney, Lambeth, Southwark, Hammersmith and Fulham, Islington, the Royal Borough of Greenwich, and Lewisham.

Outer London boroughs included Newham, Ealing, Haringey, Waltham Forest, Brent, Merton, Hounslow, Barnet, the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, and Richmond upon Thames.

The report broadly defined gentrification as “a process in which poor neighbourhoods are transformed by the entrance of middle-class occupants who trigger a ‘socioeconomic uplift’ in the surrounding area.”

But despite potential “uplift,” gentrification also frequently lead to the displacement of working class and black and ethnic minority residents from long-term communities, as less affordable property was snapped up by middle-class buyers.

The report also noted that key workers, such as teachers and transport workers, were among those most likely to be pushed out of the capital.

The research has sparked fresh calls for affordable housing and the implementation of rent controls in the private sector.

What more do you think could be done to curb the damaging effects of gentrification? Let us know in the comments for the chance to be featured on the ES website.

Yesterday’s Talking Point: What more can be done to make London a ‘walkable city’?

After yesterday’s announcement that pedestrian crossings in London are soon set to change, we asked what else you thought might improve London’s walkways.

Some, including “ilmoro66,” thought that London was already “as good as it can be.” Stephen Tilney agreed: “London is already very walkable.”

Others thought differently. Helen Frost suggested that scooters be banned from pavements, calling them “terrifyingly dangerous.” “Queenlaveau” echoed this, adding that bikes and motor devices should also face a ban.

“Mhaneef1” thought that tunnels might make walking easier, “Carolann6363” wanted more benches and tables, “Lgehlsen” suggested continuous walkways along each bank of the Thames, and “stormintormod” wanted to see Oxford Street pedestrianised.

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