Brixton Hill featured in the New York Times “proving that cool doesn’t have to come with a high price tag”

ny-timesBrixton Hill has been featured in the New York Times Travel section as an up-and-coming destination, the pitch being that our locally-owned businesses “are successfully eschewing the onslaught of gentrification and proving that cool doesn’t have to come with a high price tag.”

The article highlights the stretch of Brixton Hill around the White Horse, including Alkaline juice bar, the Fish Lounge, Negril, F.Mondays and Kata Kata.

One local resident told the NYT, “It’s the music and cultural history that made all the developers want to come to Brixton in the first place. On Brixton Hill that creative community spirit is still alive; this area is for real people.”

Francklin of Kata Kata said he appreciates the authenticy of Brixton Hill. “My customers are local and happy to be in a place that is relaxed and fair with basic prices and honesty. That’s what this area is really good at, it’s honest… we want to keep Brixton Hill as it is. It should be the place where a 60-year-old resident can spend an afternoon across the table from a local politician.”

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Hard work by local residents features on CNBC!

the happy gardenersAmerican news channel CNBC has featured the work of residents of Sulina and Morrish Roads, supported by Lambeth Council, to improve their local environment.

Earlier this month, local residents around the top of Brixton Hill organised a Community Freshview day. Lambeth Council provided tools and materials so that residents could make planters to brighten up areas where rubbish was formerly dumped.

This follows similar Community Freshview days earlier in the autumn in Hayter and Sudbourne Roads where residents painted walls and trimmed hedges, as well as installing new planters. Community Freshview is an award-winning scheme organised by Lambeth Council.

Now CNBC have picked up the hard work of Sulina and Morrish Road residents in their feature on ‘secret gardens’ in London. They quoted Charmian Kenner, the well-known chair of the local residents’ association: “We’ve discovered that if you put any kinds of plants or flowers on the street, this deters people from dumping rubbish. They begin to see the area in a different way. If you make the area look nice and attractive it no longer conjures up thoughts of dumping rubbish.”

If you and your neighbours want to organise a Community Freshview day in your road, call 020 7926 0524 or email Freshview@lambeth.gov.uk.