Who Pays the Piper? Artwashing and the Planned Social Cleansing of Leith

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Who Pays the Piper? Artwashing and the Planned Social Cleansing of Leith

Marxist geographer Neil Smith wrote about new urban frontiers, rent gaps and the vengeful nature of uneven development and gentrification. The intense redevelopment of Leith exhibits many of the classic elements of this form of capital-driven economic expansionism. The town has been undergoing gentrification since the 1980s, but more recently has become known (and has marketed itself) as a hip and cool place – an independent place. Artists, hipsters and other “creatives” have flocked to the area, further fuelling its…

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Who Pays the Piper? Artwashing and the Planned Social Cleansing of Leith