What does Croydon need in 2018?

Posted on December 13th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 8 comments

Six contributors to the Citizen met up for a roundtable discussion on where Croydon’s community, cultural scene and economy are right now, and what they’ll need in the coming year. Tom Black reports

In last month’s edition of the Citizen, editor-in-chief James Naylor reflected on the publication’s first five years by assessing the progress of Croydon’s regeneration in that time. One section of his article struck a … Read More »

Groundhog Day for Westfield

Posted on November 22nd, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 6 comments

The Westfield shopping centre is definitely definite. Again. Facebook’s response was poetic

Westfield has cleared its final hurdle and is absolutely definitely going to be built!

Last Tuesday’s decision was met with a collective Croydonian eye-roll that almost lifted the roof off the Whitgift Centre. Is it Groundhog Day? Are we meant to get excited every time that this is announced?

Our cynicism might have more to do with … Read More »

Is the Citizen‘s work done?

Posted on November 16th, by James Naylor in Site News. No Comments

On the occasion of its fifth birthday, in a different Croydon to the one in which it started, the Citizen‘s Editor-in-Chief asks what role the publication still has to play

This is a month where we might permit ourselves a little self-satisfaction. 16th November 2017 will mark exactly five years since the Citizen officially launched in the back room of Matthews Yard to an audience of encouraging … Read More »

The de-gentrification of West Croydon

Posted on October 25th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 8 comments

It can work both ways

Gentrification: good thing or bad thing? You choose.

In the blue corner: isn’t Croydon starting to look nice? Nothing’s unaffordable – it’s just that different people can afford things now. Sure, it’s rough on some, but better than the old days when everywhere looked a bit rough. It’s the price of progress. Anyway, our houses are worth six times what we paid. … Read More »

Why is there a campaign to save Matthews Yard?

Posted on October 18th, by Saif Bonar in Economics & Business. 5 comments

He hadn’t planned to launch this campaign, but then Matthews Yard founder Saif Bonar realised that the situation was not what it seemed

Earlier this year we found out that an offer to buy the building that Matthews Yard and the Croydon Conference Centre are based in had been accepted and that there were plans afoot to demolish it and bring forward a development of luxury apartments. … Read More »

Have you thought about leaving Croydon?

Posted on October 2nd, by Jonny Rose in Economics & Business. 5 comments

With the option to ‘cash out’ growing more and more tempting, do we need a little more fidelity to our borough?

“Have you thought about leaving Croydon?” 

It’s a line of inquiry that’s anathema to me – but for a few Croydonians it’s something that is becoming more than just an idle thought experiment.

The reason for this?

Not the rising tide of litter, … Read More »

Print archive: December 2016-January 2017 – It’s up to us now

Posted on May 19th, by The Croydon Citizen in Not featured, Politics & Society. No Comments

As a new year dawns, Croydon’s community steps up as we bring ‘I would make Croydon better by…’ to its next stage

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Develop Croydon ostracises the very community that makes Croydon worth developing

Posted on November 21st, by Devin Stephenson in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Local businessman Devin Stephenson isn’t impressed with what Develop Croydon represents

Every November, hundreds of speculative property developers and investors descend on Croydon for the Develop Croydon conference.

Many delegates are looking to buy properties and land, and use them to build luxury apartments that local people can’t afford. With tickets to the event costing £395, it’s clear that the Croydon general … Read More »

A gentrification manifesto: making it work for Croydon

Posted on October 20th, by Hannah Luffman in Economics & Business. 6 comments

There’s much to celebrate about what’s coming next for our town. But we have to put effort in to make it work for all of us

Gentrification, a term coined by Ruth Glass in the ’60s, is about the displacement of low-income families and small businesses due to redevelopment and regeneration in a town or city. The media highlights the incredible development and growth of a city … Read More »

I bought my Croydon flat on Instagram

Posted on October 6th, by Maddy Duxbury in Culture. 10 comments

Hunting for a new home in outer London, Maddie Duxbury took a look through the eyes of its inhabitants

Okay, the title is not entirely true… but allow me a little journalistic licence for my first Croydon Citizen article.

So whilst I didn’t physically purchase my first property through the world’s fastest growing social media channel, the most crucial of property buying decisions (where to buy!) … Read More »