08 Monday 08th December 2014
I came across this brilliant colour footage of Brixton this morning. Shot in 1961, it shows the daily bustle of what was then known as the Granville Arcade, a covered market that served as an important community hub for the increasingly diverse area.
These days the spot is known as Brixton Village, and the fruit and veg stalls have since been replaced by trendy bars and restaurants. Because of this, the market has become a symbol of the capital's rampant gentrification. And you can see why. Walk through Brixton Village today and you'll be met by flat whites, 20p toilet visits and 'seasonal menus', making you think you'd just stumbled on to a living, breathing verson of Time Out's Things To Do section.
But then you could also argue that this is a good thing, as it regenerated a structure that had largely fallen into disuse and brought money into the area. Whatever your feelings, we should all take a lesson from the video's narration about what it means to be British. 53 years old and still more progressive than some of today's major political parties.
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