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Croydon is for community, not commuting

Posted on January 4th, by Luke Langlands in Politics & Society. 3 comments

If our town is to retain its identity, we must actively resist becoming just another commuter hub

Croydon’s hard-earned self-determination was achieved through people electing to spend time and money in the borough’s regenerated commercial, cultural and property sectors. However, this community commitment is being undermined by London-centric housing developments that see Croydon as only a ‘base’ to sleep and get easy access to the capital.

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Five years in the life of an extraordinary borough

Posted on November 9th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 4 comments

The Citizen‘s General Manager looks back on the Croydon that the Citizen was born into, and the one that it now inhabits

What a difference half a decade makes. Five years ago, I lived in Coulsdon, was perpetually single, and the idea of Westfield coming to Croydon was little more than a pipe dream. Now, I live in Balham.

The long-awaited bulldozers might not yet have … Read More »



October 2016 in brief

Posted on November 8th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The big news stories of last month, summarised by the Citizen team

Food and drink hub Boxpark opens

The shipping container-based development finally opened its doors at the end of October. Featuring more than thirty bars, coffee shops, restaurants and other assorted eateries, the large development next to East Croydon station began with a two-day launch party, the thumping bass of which could be felt on East Croydon’s … Read More »



Beacons of hope: How I learned to love Croydon’s crane-filled sky

Posted on March 9th, by Jonny Rose in Economics & Business. 2 comments

Jonny Rose encourages his fellow Croydonians to look to the heavens for inspiration

It was James Naylor, Editor-in-Chief of the Croydon Citizen who first impressed upon me the importance of looking up when walking around Croydon.

According to James everything you needed to know about Croydon – where it is, where it’s come from and where it’s going – can be seen not by … Read More »



Occupy Croydon: Reclaiming the borough’s empty shops (part 1)

Posted on December 2nd, by Jonny Rose in Economics & Business. 4 comments

Jonny Rose makes the case for the rise of the pop-up business in Croydon

Croydon has an abandoned shop problem

Norbury is currently suffering from a vacant shopfront problem. There are at least five unused units in London Road and – despite a series of inquiries from enterprising locals – they remain vacant.

This is not a problem unique to Norbury. Across the borough, vacant … Read More »



Boxpark is coming… don’t panic!

Posted on September 7th, by Lauren Furey in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Lauren Furey says a definite ‘no’ to ‘Cro-Do’ but a big ‘yes’ to the new Boxpark

This isn’t news. In fact, it’s old. The anticipated summer 2016 arrival of Croydon’s Boxpark has been well documented. Both local and national publications have proclaimed and celebrated the coming of Roger Wade’s pop-up mall to south London. Another Boxpark! On our own doorstep! It seems to tie in nicely with … Read More »



Office conversions need to stop

Posted on August 12th, by James Naylor in Economics & Business. 12 comments

The extension of Permitted Development Rights (PDR) to offices has transformed Croydon at a speed not seen since the ’60s. But now – as then – it’s getting out of control

In the 2012/2013 financial year, Central Croydon was sporting office vacancy rates worse than central Detroit. A quite astounding 52% of available space was empty; literally millions of square feet of unused space, including thirty-five entirely vacant buildings.

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Where is ‘Ambition for Croydon’?

Posted on July 22nd, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 2 comments

As Croydon’s Ambition Festival opens, Sean Creighton considers a distinct failure to reach for the stars

Flyposters now adorn the boarding in front of the closed Visitor Centre next to East Croydon Station while we wait for the Boxpark retail facility to be built.

The short-termism and lack of strategic thinking involved in the closure of the centre on 1st May by Croydon Business Improvement District … Read More »



Delegates on Develop Croydon Investor Tour respond to Croydon’s changing environment

Posted on May 15th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

Delegates on Develop Croydon’s Investor Tour have declared themselves impressed by opportunities and ‘huge progress’ on Croydon multi-million pound development. 

Release begins: Attempts to attract fresh investment in Croydon received a boost with delegates declaring themselves impressed by the town’s “exciting” offering at the Develop Croydon VIP Investor Tour.*

More than 50 potential investors were taken on a VIP tour on Tuesday, May 12 – by tram, coach and foot … Read More »



Why every town needs its Croydon Visitor Centre

Posted on May 12th, by Jonny Rose in Economics & Business. 2 comments

Croydon Tech City leader Jonny Rose delivers a eulogy to the dearly departed visitor centre

Croydon Visitor Centre has closed for business 

Like many people, I was saddened to see Croydon Visitor Centre close at the beginning of the month.

The visitor centre was an ongoing service provided by Croydon’s Business Improvement District which covers the entire town centre and represents approximately 580 levy payers … Read More »