Gentrified and terrified 

Gentrification when the ones that paint streets are told they’re not tagging they’re creating. As though our names mean more when they don’t spell out war. They show you rainbows and renovate coffee factories into plush offices but in all that quirky beauty are any problems solved? Art can be futile sometimes but maybe shapes and measures can be blasted into making something good. Something that tells people that they will have their homes, educations and hope. Big cities and small towns have room for us all. Room enough to make clear that we haven’t got ghettos to segregate the rich from the poor anymore. These places are changing and we’re all going to enjoy the change even if we have to paint our presence all over concrete that’s new.


Author: ticecin

Tice Cin is a writer and journalist based in London. She is currently working on her first novel – a story about growing up in Tottenham that explores the cultural boundaries affecting expression, the hybridity of identity, and the choices one makes. Tice’s work seeks to navigate liminal spaces in known history and explore the implications of defamiliarising fixed narratives. She blends sensuality and graphic detailing into work that explores wider themes, breaching the limits of reality in writing that has magical and surrealist elements. Tice completed her MA in English: Issues in Modern Culture at UCL, specialising in representations of the female body in avant-garde literature. She has an Instagram page where she shares her work as it progresses: @ticecinwrites

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