It is not often I am surprised by anything that happens in Hackney.
I was delighted though to see the editorial in the 15 March issue of the Hackney Gazette not only mention this blog, but to use the article I wrote on gentrification in Hackney on 2 March, as the basis of their own editorial.
Gentrification (or if you prefer development) is a process over which Hackney residents appear to have little or no control, and which almost seems to slide along without any real political debate. In many parts of the borough, it is community development without the community. It happens to us, not with or for us. And seeing a newspaper with the circulation of the Gazette talking about these issues is a small, but important step.