113 Years by Marcus Drinkwater
Following my work on the community around Upton Park during the clubs last season there for 112 Years I was compelled to see the result of such a big change in the area. I wanted to see how the local businesses would cope with such a loss of income and what cultural impact this would have on the area. Now the stadium is halfway through demolition and the songs are no longer being sung in Upton Park many businesses are feeling the strain already. West Hams decision to up sticks and move over three miles west has left a big hole in the community, a hole being filled with 842 “luxury dwellings”. The flats are estimated to be completed by 2022 so it could be a little too late for the local business owners in the area with no help of any kind from Newham council. In a way the story of Upton Park is the story of London today, profits overshadow people and property developers are shaping our city. Another one of London’s iconic areas is being gentrified and local people, for now, will have to learn to adapt regardless of the loss of income and loss of community.