Freedom Through Shopping

Dalston says No.

Many Dalston residents are less than happy about plans for regeneration (or gentrification, depending on your politics and focus) of the Dalston Junction area. Regardless of local opposition, development seems to be powering ahead.

For the past couple of months, the banners and signs of the protesters have been fighting a propaganda war with official posters portraying the brave new world planned by London Transport, Mayors Pipe and Livingston, and a consortium of developers.

The battle for hearts and minds escalated over the Easter break: the blandly cut-and-paste architectural renderings of the happy happy ‘Dalston to be’ riveted to the hoardings at the 38 bus stop on Dalston Lane have accumulated some creative amends at the hands of anti-development activists.

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Note the sinister concentration-camp motto over the razor wire penning in the citizens of the gated community: SHOPPING MACHT FREI.

We’ve uploaded more high resolution images on Flickr. As in Hogarth, there is much detail worthy of attention: ASBO-branded shopping bags, anyone?

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If you want to visit, go soon before the Powers That Be erase all sign of it. Map here. The site is just across the road from the Dalston Peace Mural — a 1985 celebration of Hackney’s collective anti-nuclear action during the Cold War.

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2 Responses to Freedom Through Shopping

  1. Darrell says:

    There’s been some lively discussion about this on Flickr, and user Samphire66 has posted some pix of a clean-up crew removing the artwork…

  2. An interesting post keep it up with articles like this….although I am not a local from Hackney but my mum used to get a lot of her West Indian Food in Dalston (it was a trip though) but its the heart of the community. I get a little pissed when i visit Broadway Market cause of the attitudes of the people who have just moved to ‘Hackney’.

    keep it up.

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