THE SIGNS PICTURED at left demonstrate council success in encouraging big business into Hackney. All are for upscale multinational firms that have opened branches in Morning Lane, Homerton E9 6ND.
The council is not the only backer of the hub: another is luxury-homes provider Manhattan Loft Corporation.
The adaptation of railway arches to stores selling luxury items has been led by David Adjaye. It is as stylish as you would expect from the uber-cool English architect.
In the brightly lit and comfortingly heated Anya Hindmarch shop, Loving Dalston found a bargain: a price-reduced blouson made of who-knows-how-many minks for just under £4,000.
Inevitably, of course, people are left behind when councillors fall in love with the word “regeneration”. Under one of the few arches not leased to a fashion retailer is the collection of tents pictured at top occupied by refugees and other homeless people. They will not be buying £4,000 blousons or putting their names down to rent a flat when Manhattan Loft Corporation completes its Stratford project.
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