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Here’s what the data tells us …

What data is there on how Brixton has changed over the last decade and how does it add to the debate around gentrification?

Does data show poorer residents have been pushed out?

The only up to date information on population change in the area comes from the 2001 and 2011 censuses, which indicate little change in the area’s demographic. But this take into account the last five years, arguably when most of the change has happened.

Is there information on the changing face of the high street?

The only significant report on local businesses comes from Lambeth council itself and suggests that Brixton has some of the most long-standing shops in Lambeth with 53% of businesses in the area having been trading for more than 10 years, compared with 40% in Waterloo. What’s more, 85% of businesses surveyed expected to be trading in Lambeth in three years’ time.

How have house prices risen?

Costs have soared across the capital but Brixton has seen larger than average growth (76%) in the last 10 years. To put this in perspective, over the same period prices in Shoreditch rose by 62% and by 67% in Lewisham.

I am looking for more data and information on how the area has changed. If you have any stories to share please get in touch. I am on the Guardian’s Opinion section and regularly write about gentrification; email me on sarah.marsh@theguardian.com.

Read the blog in full here: http://www.theguardian.com/cities/datablog/2016/jan/14/how-has-brixton-really-changed-the-data-behind-the-story

 

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