This event will unravel a sad tale of the neglect and abuse of our local businesses and heritage assets, question the long-term wisdom of the obliteration of old Hackney and discuss our community's response in the context of a borough caught up in an tsunami of "regeneration".
Emma-Louise Williams' film
SPEAKERS will include Bill Parry-Davies, the Hackney solicitor, musician and founder of OPEN Dalston, presenting his photographic record of the decline of the Dalston Lane houses. Bill explains the course of events that has culminated in the inevitable attempts by the owners to erase this historic terrace, and similar examples, for short term commercial gain in the name of necessity and progress.
Michael Rosen, the poet, performer, broadcaster and scriptwriter, discusses his experience of living in the shadow of the crumbling terrace, and its importance and value for Dalston and its community
“mammonistic”: (adjective) consumed by the desire for wealth at the expense of beauty, creativity and the human soul.
"mammonists" : (secretive) the dark forces, including Philistines, pursuing material gain by the obliteration of heritage, identity, culture and sunlight in the name of regeneration, best value, necessity and progress.
The Worship of Mammon 1909 by Evelyn de Morgan