An Economic Fable Explained – Part 2

Posted on November 11th, by Susan Oliver in Economics & Business. 2 comments

In part two, Susan continues her exploration of an economy driven by creative value as opposed to one driven only by money

In the first part of this economic fable I mentioned the story from my piece about gentrification, Whatever’s happening, it aint’ gentrification.

Let’s return to the story. The owner does a complete re-fit and raises the rent substantially. Well-heeled businesses move in and sell obscure … Read More »



An Economic Fable Explained – Part 1

Posted on November 6th, by Susan Oliver in Economics & Business. 2 comments

After her stirring gentrification piece Susan explains the ‘empty building’ scenario and its economic impact

The piece I wrote for the Croydon Citizen, Whatever’s happening, it aint’ gentrification was exaggerative and tongue-in-cheek.  It simply described what the word ‘gentrification’ means to me. But it can also be read as a fable with more meaning than first meets the eye. Analysed symbolically, it describes some ideas … Read More »



Whatever’s happening, it ain’t gentrification

Posted on October 15th, by Susan Oliver in Politics & Society. 12 comments

Susan Oliver wonders whether those embroiled in whole Croydon gentrification debate actually know what real gentrification looks like

I guess I’m a Croydon gentrification denier.

To my mind, gentrification works something like this:

You have an empty warehouse or a part of a city that has been neglected for years.

One day, you walk by and see that a bunch of artists … Read More »