The colourful and diverse Brixton Market is under threat, recent rent increases and the council’s demolition of the local multi-storey carpark is forcing many of the existing market traders to reconsider their future. A recent initiative to fill the vacant shops has brought a new clientele to the area, attracted by the rich mix of cultures; this has brought new life and re-invigorated the once derelict arcades. However will this transformation become a victim of its own success? Have these developments unintentionally set up an irreversible process of gentrification that will change the traditional face of Brixton Market forever?
We hear from a number of emotional stall holders that fear they are losing the very market they have come to know and love over the years, to powerful urban forces that they have no control over.