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London Journal: Renewal or Gentrification? London Borough Grapples With a Revamp

December 31, 2017

A raft of projects are underway. The local Premier League soccer club, Tottenham Hotspur, is carrying out a 750-million pound, or $1 billion, stadium upgrade. Train and subway stations are being renovated, schools and health services upgraded, and around 10,000 new homes are being added. The Seven Sisters Indoor Market will be rebuilt.

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“It is ambitious,” said Alan Strickland, the local council member responsible for regeneration. “The scale of the challenge is very big.”

The market’s traders — largely Colombian, but also from Peru, Ecuador, Brazil and parts of Africa — will be moved across the street in 2020 while the market is being upgraded. Then, a couple of years later, they will have the option to move back, according to the local council and Grainger, the company in charge of the development.

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