What is community?

I'm going to start this reflection with a quote from a poem. It's from The Rock by T S Eliot When the Stranger says: “What is the meaning of this city? Do you huddle close together because you love each other?” What will you answer? “We all dwell together To make money from each other”? or “This is a community”? This is a pressing question for North Southwark as redevelopment spreads into every corner bring with it significant opportunities but also major threats. The opportunities are centred on the creation by local people, businesses, the Voluntary Sector and many others of robust communities which thrive on live rather than money. That's all a bit prosaic but it's simply the way I see it. The threats are that the social apartheid built into the redevelopment, where different social groups as determined by work and wealth are segregate by different front doors, itineraries and leisure opportunities. That's all a very long winded way of saying Join Southwark CAN and link with others who want to enhance community and make this an even better place to be.

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  • commented 2016-07-11 16:44:04 +0100
    Hi Janet. You are not the first person to speak about Peckham in this way – in fact this came up at our previous Peckham and Nunhead CAN meeting a couple of months ago. Do you think it is something that can be reversed or is Peckham destined to become more and more gentrified?
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  • commented 2016-07-08 14:46:55 +0100
    I seem to agree with the view of the writer above. Agree we live in a diverse community. Agree regeneration and development is going on but LOOKING closely there is this definite social divide clearly based on colour or ethnicity although one may not want to say it. You only need to look at some new shops that are coming up to see that . It is their own shops and our own shops. I am talking about Peckham where I have lived for the the last 24 years. It is not any different from Apartheid as the author described it. My dream for my Peckham is where we all live in harmony with each other. Not divided by colour or social status.
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