For over a decade, Marrickville has been the frontier for the gentrification creep. If you've lived in Marrickville for more than 20 years, you probably remember when the first white-Australian family moved into your street – or maybe you were that white family?

Look at Marrickville and you'll see the results of what is just getting underway in surrounding suburbs like Dulwich Hill and Petersham.  

Once considered the affordable option close to the city, Marrickville property prices now average $1 million. This change in the area has caused a shift in the demographics of the area. In 2014, Mayor Jo Haylen addressed the changes in the area, conceding that “our traditional diversity is diminishing.”

The ethnic communities that make Marrickville unique (Greek, Vietnamese) move to other areas, and the businesses that service those communities suffer. Those businesses once fetishized are being pushed out to make way for cafes and restaurants that want to maximise on those residents too scared to go into local stores without a Food Safari guide.

The Marrickville program looks at the last stages of the clash between the old and new Marrickville. We look at new café Cornersmith and the vandalism it experienced when it opened, as well as talk to our local Federal member Anthony Alabanese

 

Cornersmith

A few years ago, a corner shop in the heart of the Vietnamese shops on Illawarra Rd in Marrickville started to change. Everyone watched with interest at what would happen to the old tailor shop with the window that hadn't been cleaned in years. Slowly it was cleaned up and a very understated sign saying 'Cornersmith' was put up. The day after the sign went up, the owners found that a brick had…

A word from our Federal Member...

The Federal seat of Grayndler has been held by the Labor party since its inception in 1949. A traditionally working class area, gentrification has seen the rise in more yuppie-skewed politics in recent years. The more liberal residents have caused a rise in the Greens votership, while conservatives made their mark when they elected the first Liberal council member last year. Since 1996, the…

Redfern

The struggle being fought in Redfern right now goes much deeper than locals vs. yuppies. This fight… Read more...

Glebe

Another area that many say is likely to lose most of its state-owned housing is Glebe. Home to… Read more...

Marrickville

For over a decade, Marrickville has been the frontier for the gentrification creep. If you've lived… Read more...

Leichhardt

Leichhardt used to be a neighbourhood where you knew all your neighbours. In our Leichhardt edition… Read more...

Millers Point

During the time of the project, many things happened in the station’s broadcast area that meant the… Read more...