Few things are more likely to make your latte taste bitter than being confronted with the human reality of gentrification.
Invariably, on leaving King’s Cross station in London every morning, the first person to speak to me is not an editor or colleague, but a complete stranger who explains they’re homeless and would appreciate any change.
It’s rare to see the same person twice: many homeless people sit outside the station whatever the weather. The Financial Times columnist Janan Ganesh perhaps sees a different King’s Cross to me, focusing on the joys of private members bars and snooker clubs in this area. As with many places in London, King’s Cross has changed a great deal in the last five years and gentrified considerably. Unsurprisingly, many people have been wary of this, not from fear of progress but from fear of displacement and financial exclusion masquerading as “progress”.
Source: The Guardian: Homelessness