I took this photo back in June while wandering round the site of a scheme characterised by those responsible for it as a "key Olympic transport commitment" (TfL) a "dramatic £160 million boost" (LDA) and an "ambitious scheme [which] will create more than 500 new homes, a library, shops and restaurants." (Hackney Council). By contrast, those against it consider it an expensive exercise in cultural vandalism which, far from bringing new prosperity to the area and its people, will the damage the neighbourhood's character and price many residents out of it.
This argument is, of course, familiar to many readers and resembles similar ones all over London and urban Britain generally. If find these all the more interesting because they create such unorthodox political alliances, with localist, conservation-minded Conservatives finding common ground with anti-developer activists on the left in opposing regeneration policies backed by Labour and Tory local authorities alike. Will the new Dalston "town centre" produce a net gain for local people or a net loss? Now I've got my new London blog rolling and the political conference season is coming to and end, I'm hoping to follow the saga more closely. Your (constructive) input, as ever, is welcome.