Can Surrey Street survive the help of the council?

Posted on March 16th, by Michael Swadling in Economics & Business. 3 comments

The market is in trouble, and the free market can save it

Ronald Reagan famously said that “the nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help’”. Maybe you can, but I don’t recall a situation when I’ve thought “if only the council could get involved, things would be so much better”. I also can’t think of a … Read More »

The way forward

Posted on March 12th, by Barnaby Powell in Politics & Society. 2 comments

We’re often told that we face challenges of a scale unseen since the war, so what can we learn from then and apply to now?

We’re in a bind – the result of much foolish gaming carried out on our behalf up to 2008 and, well before that, the easing of credit granted to those of us who had little notion of the cost of borrowing. The pump … Read More »

Croydon Tech City is dead; long live Croydon, tech city

Posted on March 7th, by Nigel Dias in Croydon: Tech City. 3 comments

The organisation’s founders are calling time, but fruits of their labours will continue to grow

In October 2012, my fellow Croydon Tech City co-founders and I made it our mission to create a sustainable tech ecosystem in Croydon – one that not only brought sector growth to our local economy, but which includes and benefits the local adults, children and SMEs often overlooked in tech sector regeneration … Read More »

How will business take advantage of Croydon’s changes?

Posted on January 15th, by Nigel Davey in Economics & Business. No Comments

The town is in a period of transformation, so its businesses will need to react

Looking out of the iconic 50p building next to East Croydon, I can see the skyline changing quickly.

The renovation of Fairfield Halls is to my left, with Boxpark and Ruskin Square in front of me and the Tower on Saffron Square to my right, a lot has changed in the … 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 »

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 »

This is Croydon

Posted on August 30th, by Sam Harper-Booth in Culture. No Comments

Posts on Instagram using #croydonis are being featured as part of an exhibition called ‘What is Croydon?’ at the Museum of Croydon

A while ago I was sat in my classroom in Italy, telling my tutor about where I was born, Croydon. I told him that it was the biggest borough in London by population, that the town is one of the mostly highly sought after office … Read More »

Wesley Baker brings music and street art together

Posted on August 10th, by Zach Baker in Culture. No Comments

One Croydonian has high hopes for the borough’s future

The founder of CDN, Wesley Baker, is a photographer and event organiser based in Croydon. Wesley is one of many community members actively working on the downtown area’s regeneration and specifically the street art movement.

After leaving Coventry University, Wes returned to Croydon and began immersing himself in the tech and art communities. He was frustrated with … Read More »

Event review: Never Mind the Boxpark

Posted on July 4th, by Steve Thompson in Culture. No Comments

Instagrammers’ tour of Croydon culture from punk to pop-ups

The fascinating ‘Never Mind the Boxpark’ walk was the brilliantly researched brainchild of Angela Martin and Julia Woollams of the Croydonist. The Facebook description, “a collection of the best bits of the borough according to us”, was particularly apt for this walk.

After meeting our small group at the foot of the No. 1 Croydon tower, also … Read More »