Redevelopment puts Dalston Curve Garden under threat

This is my week four work from the journalism course – I did the interview write up and the photograph is courtesy of Sean, my work partner. Researching the article has made me feel quite sorry for people living in Dalston as no one seems to want the new development.

Entrance sign

Plans are afoot in Dalston for property developer Criterion to modernise the shopping centre in Kingsland Road.  This will be a housing-led development and will also include offices and approximately 500 flats. However, the improved retail complex and extra housing will come at some cost to the area with the loss of the only significant green space, the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden.

The area has seen massive amounts of regeneration in recent years, with improved transport links and new blocks of flats and bars and restaurants appearing.  While many of these improvements are welcome they have changed the whole demographic of the area and sent property prices and rents skyhigh.

The projected site for the build is owned jointly by Criterion and Hackney council and the latest images of the new development show the new shopping centre situated at the bottom of blocks 14 storeys high with flats and offices…

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