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The Leith Banksys: street art and gentrification in Edinburgh

This month has seen the mysterious appearance of yet another alleged ‘Banksy’ piece nestled in the heart of Leith. Tucked away as it is from The Shore, Bernard Street is easily missed for those of us who live further South, but since May it has played home to one ‘Banksy’ already: an EU/Brexit inspired twist […]

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The “Studentification” of Edinburgh: understanding gentrification

On 30 January, as Edinburgh councillors announced the rejection of a proposal to build student accommodation in Leith, applause erupted from the public benches.  The success of the grassroots campaign Save Leith Walk has since been widely celebrated as a victory in the fight against the gentrification of Edinburgh’s waterfront. Proposed by Drum Property Group, […]

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The plan to stop the impending development of Leith walk

The hostility between citizens and property developers continue to increase while the public battle to preserve the community of Leith Walk. Campaigners led by the grassroots organisation Save Leith Walk have been working endlessly to prevent the destruction of the area’s heritage. The petition has received backing from many high-profile figures including Jeremy Corbyn and […]