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Artists 'moving from east London'
Artists are moving away from areas like Walthamstow in favour of seaside towns in Kent, according to new research.
Towns like Margate and Folkestone are changing radically because of an influx of artists and a following tide of ‘yummy mummies’ and ‘hipsters’ from east London, according to Jonothan Ward of the University of Kent.
He says that artists move to places that are cheap to live, then make it more appealing to live there by developing a community of young creative types.
The trendy masses then flock there pushing up property prices and changing the face and the affordability of the area.
Stella Creasy, MP, recently spoke out about the ‘gentrification’ of Walthamstow, but according to Mr Ward, there has been an artistic exodus from east London into the traditional seaside towns on the east coast.
Mr Ward says: "Artists often have paltry budgets and are attracted to cheap locations often inhabited by working class and other disadvantaged groups."
Mr Ward is concerned that Folkestone Old Town and Margate Old Town are being stripped of their traditional identities as rock shops and arcades go to the wall and chain coffee shops pop up.
He added: “Urban policy makers need to pay careful attention to possible negative effects of culture-led gentrification."
Mr Ward presented his research at the Royal Geographical Society international conference in London last night.
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