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Posted on: 23rd March, 2015

Gentrification: Changing the Face(s) of the Harrow Road

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Posted on:
23rd March, 2015

Part of
‘Walking the City’ TCCE Annual Walking Weekend 2015

Walk Guide: Ekua McMorris, TECHNE
Duration: 90 minutes

The London streets hold fascinating and interesting histories; through the act of walking, participants will be adding a part of themselves to the fabric that makes up the city.

The walk will span the majority of the Harrow road, from Harlesden in North West London through to Westbourne Grove in West London. Both areas are known for the large number of Caribbean immigrants who settled there with the arrival of the SS Windrush in the 1904’s; some of the legacy they have left is still visible along the road. However gentrification has changed the faces that were once common, depending on where you are located along the Harrow road.

Participants are asked to bring memories of their experience of the city, which they can discuss while walking. This can be in the form of a photograph, a picture, or a piece of writing. Through the act of sharing our memories in the city as we walk, we alter our environment.

Walkers are also asked to talk about the performance of walking through the familiar and unfamiliar and how they physically and mentally approach the streets.

‘Few understand the street. Even when we step into it, we step into it doubtfully, as into a house or a room of stranger’ (G.K. Chesterton cited in Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust, 2006, p. 184).

The idea for the walk is based on research that explores how different people interact in the urban environment. 

The walk will start at Harlesden train station (London overground and Bakerloo line) and end at Westbourne Park (Hammersmith & City and Circle lines).

Please note:

  • Participants are asked to wear comfortable walking shoes and comfortable and waterproof clothing (in case it rains)
  • Participants will also be asked to email their thoughts and experiences of the walk to me at the end of the day

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