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Anti-gentrification graffiti in Williamsburg, New York City

The gentrification currently sweeping over Brixton reminds me of what happened to the Williamsburg neighbourhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn.

Just like in south London, locals have been priced out by developers as a more wealthier population takes over the former squats and arts centres.

These photos were taken around Williamsburg and nearby Greenpoint a few years ago, just as some big redevelopment schemes were being pushed through.

I doubt if I’m going to recognise much of the area when I go back again.