In collaboration with Hoxton Hall, Future Hackney worked with young people to produce a photography exhibition about change and regeneration in the borough. Armed with cameras and tripods young people documented locals and their stories. The photography is now a permanent exhibition at Hoxton Hall.
Daeun, a student from South Korea, has lived in Hoxton for 3 months. “I feel welcome in the area and the locals are friendly.”
Debbie runs a stall on Hoxton market called DP Eaters. They serve Caribbean food for the locals every Saturday. “I’m a Hackney girl and I used to come here with my mum when I was little. I think gentrification is the biggest issue in Hackney at the moment. It feels like the poorer communities are being brushed aside. These are people that have grown up and raised their families here. These people matter”.
Ferhad is a barber working in Hoxton. “I’ve worked at ‘Cut Throat Barbers’ for 4 years. I grew up in Hoxton but couldn’t afford to live here so I’ve had to move out of London. The rents have become unaffordable for young people. I still love working in the community. It’s like family – you know the locals and the barber shops are always busy – they welcome everyone”.
Jerome runs the food stall ‘All the Much’ in Hoxton street every Saturday with his girlfriend Kelly. They serve muffins with a Caribbean twist.
Jim was born on the 23rd July 1917 and is still going strong at 100. A Londoner, he moved to Hoxton in 1953. Jim was married for 65 years, served as a sergeant in the war and then worked as a London bus conductor for 30 years. He likes to travel and learn about the world. He regularly visits the pie and mash shop on Hoxton Street for his lunch. “I always liked talking to people and hearing about their adventures.”
Jones moved to Hoxton from the Commonwealth of Dominica and has lived in Hoxton since 1960. “I love it here, it’s home to me.”
Julie has lived in Hoxton all her life. She has 7 children and 23 grandchildren.
Linda grew up in Hoxton. “I’m glad I bought my flat when I did as I wouldn’t be able to now. The community’s good here but it’s not as strong as it used to be.”
Lynsay, Lindsey and Danielle
These determined women spearheaded the campaign to save the New Era Estate from investors wanting to triple the rent for residents. Dedicating hundreds of hours to the campaign, the women won the case and set a precedent for people in social housing.
Alice, Tracy and Gemma
Alice, Tracy and Gemma represent three generations of women in Hoxton. “Hoxton is a great place to live but gentrification and lack of affordable housing is pushing people out. Million pound flats are being sold to overseas investors and left empty. Coffee shops and unaffordable bars and restaurants are becoming the norm. Londoners need to speak up about their rights as citizens and residents.”
Joy has lived and worked in Hoxton for 10 years “I run my own shop in Hoxton selling African products. I am from Nigeria originally and came here at the age of 12, so I consider myself a Londoner. The situation feels unstable in this country at the moment with the Brexit vote. It’s all about immigration and some of the country are feeling angry. But Londoners are different, they are more tolerant and like the mix of people and cultures. This is why I love it here.”