Coulgate Street, 10.20am today

We've written so much about Degustation lately that Max would no doubt accuse us of being in the pocket of 'big boulangerie'. However, we think it's such an interesting test case for Brockley's future that we have become a little obsessed with its fortunes.

This morning, for example, it was the setting for a perfect little Brockley vignette. An assortment of prospective customers hovered on the pavement, waiting for the shutters to rise: a twitchy-arty sort, a young couple and a scruffy blogger. Meanwhile, a guy in a hood over his baseball cap wandered past, mouth open, eyes fixed on the French word on the sign above the shop, aghast. He muttered, "what is happening to Brockley, man?"

The fact that the focus of his disappointment wasn't the line of overflowing commercial bins flanking the Brockley Barge to his left or the tatty view of the sorting office and Costcutter in front of him, but the small independent food shop, run by a guy who's been living in the area for years, speaks volumes for the depressing nature of the "we don't want gentrification" line of argument.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

What's happening? Lots of good things by the look of it.

Not related to this thread though is that I've heard there is a proposal to construct a 3 storey building on Dundalk road behind the MOT centre. Does anybody know if this is something that should be opposed? Who is building it and what are their intentions? Are they going to be flats for sale or truned into a Young Offenders Institute (Andy Pandy)?

Any info would be useful.

max said...

I'm afraid I'll have to disappoint you, brave purveyors of good food need support.

andy pandy pudding & pie said...

I havnt heard anything about dundalk rd, sorry! :o)

Hugh said...

The astonished gentleman was me.

b. said...

looks like we arrived too early this morning - thought we'd beat the rush - ended up with pastry and mocca's from broca, just as satisfying.

although, we couldn't help but go past there for some wine, cheese and olives for this evenings events.

andy pandy pudding & pie said...

It sounds like the deli's really taking off! I just hope the Dandelion Blue doesn't make it unprofitable for both to close!

Anonymous said...

well if the chap in the cap doesn't like it he can always move out!

Anonymous said...

Why don't we make the conservation area an exclusion zone for non-professional (i.e. non-middle class) people. That would solve a lot of these issues.

There could be a checkpoint on the bridge by the station where people from the estate would have to produce bank statements, property deeds etc. to prove that they are not too proleish to come in.

They could then be issued with a pair of "guru glasses" to help them blend in...

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