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I’m a feminist mother, but here’s why I don’t like ‘nice’ dolls

I’ve always been a feminist. Growing up in a misogynistic city in the 1970s, where girls and women were judged only by their looks and subjected to anything…

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What do mobile millennials want from urban transport

As city populations continue to boom, mobility is increasingly a casualty of urban infrastructure under pressure. How do mobile millennials – one of the most talked about population segments –…

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Death, identity and gentrification in Walthamstow, East London

There is a known phenomenon of relationships, called the ‘widowhood effect,’ which is that when one partner in a long-term relationship dies, the other one follows swiftly (Read…

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Re-imagining Walthamstow Nightlife

Walthamstow is undergoing some immense changes, but are we overlooking the need for a decent nightlife and live music scene? Deborah Talbot talks to local promoters and Waltham…

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What Brexit might mean for families for Tantrum.xyz

It was that debate with Michael Gove on the EU referendum, the one where he talked about his family’s fish merchant business in Aberdeen being destroyed by EU…

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Breaking the link? William Morris, Walthamstow, and the problem of gentrification

William Morris (1834-1896), noted designer and socialist, spent six years of his life, from the age of fourteen to twenty-two, in what is now the William Morris Gallery…

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In order to preserve communities, not everything can be for sale

London, if not the whole of the UK, is in the oft-noted, midst of a housing crisis. House prices and rents along with them have reached levels of…

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The promises and disruptions of gentrification: an anatomy of Hoe Street, E17

Men shout at me as I take photos, the cars disrupt my frame, and the fumes choke my fragile lungs. I see Hoe Street through the lens of…

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Flagship urban regeneration developments aren’t the whole story

Many, though by no means all, regeneration plans have at their core a flagship development or project which aims to act as a catalyst for regeneration. Arguably local…

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The William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, E17

At first glance, the newly refurbished (in 2012) William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, East London, is an odd choice for a family-orientated review. The Gallery, dedicated to philanthropist…