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No place like home: what it’s like to be forced out by gentrification

When my family came to Walthamstow, we thought we'd finally found a place we could stay forever. But a regeneration proposal in November 2015 changed everything

By Edena Klimenti  

Building takes places on the Marlowe Road site. Photo: via the author/Prospect Composite

I’ve lived in Walthamstow for over 12 years. We settled in immediately: our neighbours were exceptionally welcoming and the community felt like a large family.

After spending many years moving around London, my mother, father, younger sister and I had finally found a real home. I grew up here, spending every day after school playing in our local park with the other children. We always looked out for each other.

Walthamstow was my home, my…

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