Poor old Hackney. Not only has the London borough becomes a byword for violent crime and social deprivation, not only was it branded Britain’s worst place to live by Channel 4 a couple of years ago, now even our home secretary says that she wouldn’t feel safe walking its streets by night.
I’ve lived in Hackney for the last six years, in a number of houses, and like most middle-class journalists who like to file ethnographic dispatches from their homes in the borough, I love it—the diversity, the nightlife, the entertainment, yadda yadda. And…
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