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While it appears trendy to hate Shoreditch, London because it has become ‘branded’ as a hipster come trendoid area, I frankly don’t buy it.
Shoreditch, London much like Redfern in Sydney, was once a bit of a down and out area, yet .. it was an affordable option for housing in an over inflated market place. People saw an option to buy and or rent in something approaching a degree of realism.
These people in many respects were quite brave, moving into areas that had quite poor reputations. It is the creative types or hipsters, that a journo I read recently called the residents, that show this bravado to breathe life into an area. He claimed that the area was branded now and that it was an instagram nirvana and it is.
It is vibrant, colourful and actually clever, so feel free to see that I have instagrammed some of the amazing street art that I saw.
Shoreditch appears to me, as an outsider, to be an area that is arty, definitely friendly and very creative. The problem being? If it is wearing skin tight jeans .. like for real.
It’s really interesting to me to see how street art is one of the most recognisable differences when a city begins to change, like a flag to signify where the changes will begin. Shoreditch is a working example of this.
My own city of Wollongong in Australia is emerging from being known as a steel city, to hopefully a vibrant cosmopolitan city, and the street art is coming. Whether this is driven by our Council, which may be problematic, or by the citizens, will determine how well this will be achieved.
If creative and interesting people move into Shoreditch and liven the place up as they have done – then where is the issue? I just hope that we also get as many vibrant and diverse people in our home town.
So here is what we saw in Shoreditch, London and why I was impressed with this little enclave.
What do you think?