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Brixton and Lougborough Junction

My backyard
The surrounding area of railway viaducts are notorious for drugs
Like everywhere else, Hollywood has made its presence felt
Brixton market
Brixton - multicultural and colourful
The market, again
Brixton Academy
Interesting design
The rail played an important part in Brixton's development
Now, however, Loughborough Junction is economically stagnant
Sunset at Flaxman Road
My house is actually located at Loughborough Junction; a place probably recognised only today as being on the Thameslink route - otherwise a rough area with boarded-up shops - the signs of economic stagnation. It is located between Camberwell and Brixton.

Brixton is also known for a rough area - it has had two riots in the past 25 years, infamous for its drugs - but otherwise it is a vibrant and colourful neighbourhood. Its situation at the route of major train networks allowed it to be a major focus of the middle class following the Industrial Revolution. In the 1920s the working classes, many of those who work in the West End - displaced the middle class. This in turn was displaced by the Carribbean immigrants in the 1950s - and to this day Brixton is renowned for its Afro-Carribbean culture.

The riot in 1980 had caused another upheaval - and attracted many artists, political activists, counter culture personas and other dissenters to make Brixton as their home.

The Brixton market has everything from Chinese food to Mediterrannean food to Carribbean food to halal outlets. The Ritzy Cinema is London's largest independent cinema while the Brixton Academy is a major concert venue.

Brixton may seem to be a bit rough, but once you've been used to it - you learn to appreciate it for its uniqueness and vibrance.


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