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The two Brixtons

It's not only that young local boys live different lives to the new, gentrifying, arrivals. They live in different versions of the city, too

By Ciaran Thapar  

Depending on who you are, Brixton—and similar parts of London—can be a radically different place. Photo: Prospect composite

In his book Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City, the urban planner and sociologist Richard Sennett describes two sides to the modern city. What he calls the “ville” is the designed, built, physical city; the actual buildings we live and work in, bridges and pavements we walk upon, the parks and squares in which we eat lunch with friends or walk our dogs in solitary peace. The“cité,” on the other…

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