God bless the newness, A New Start.
Old building, new innards, new junk food for new sinners,
New Artisan Pizza, smoking hot like lit rizzler,
Used to be a post office, would you have guested it,
Grimy bit to London town, ‘til we came and blessed it
Now a new day rises,the streets smell of New Dough from a new oven.
New clientele. New Clientele. Come sit on our new purple leather
sofas, new writing on the wall new welcome mat –
‘Abandon all coats, ye who enter’ written over the chrome
hangers on the doors,
Nothing is lived-in, everything is clean-cut
Stares from the window. New Menus.
We don’t need gates we already have high prices
We threw away the old grandfather clock and bought a retro one
from Amazon – you can’t go wrong
New mint julep glasses. New arrivals but they’re old eateries,
They have loyalty and patronage
And we have the youth, and we have new money,
Plus we’re pram-friendly, dog and cat-friendly,
Purpose-built for a brave new world; new ways to pay, cash, card,
apple, android just not credit, this is not a corner shop,
We don’t know you, we’re new people,
We don’t live round here, we’re new people,
We don’t spend round here we’re new people,
We just earn round here, we’re new people,
And it’s a new day. Praise be the newness!
Newness (New Businesses)
Young people from across the ArtsTrain project worked with poet and musician Joshua Idehen (https://slam.poetrysociety.org.uk/joshua-idehen/) to create a series of spoken word pieces in response to gentrification from the perspective of four different groups – New Residents, Old Residents, New Businesses and Old Businesses.