Where is Tottenham's economy?

Clossick, Jane (2014) Where is Tottenham's economy? Project Report. London Metropolitan University, London.


In a context of major development-driven change in Tottenham, this project offered a complete picture of the High Road’s economy, recorded through a survey of its 700 or so workspaces. It exposed a rich and varied small-scale economy and the range of unique products from Tottenham, as well as the stories of the people and places that produce them, offering a stark and deeply significant contrast to proposed development-driven change. In collecting this information, the research team collaborated in an ongoing art/research project the Tottenham Living Market (supported by LYST, Create and the GLA) which was intended to expose the findings to the public, politicians, planning community and press [this project did not receive funding, so did not go ahead]. The project also added hard information to evidence-base for planning policy-making in Tottenham, developed and tested norms of practice for clear presentation of information to community groups and professionals and was the seed for a much more ambitious project that pictured the whole economy of the Lea Valley far beyond the high street (a research project was carried out for the Lea Valley by Cass Cities students in 2014/15 (see Chapter 2, section 2.1), and another in 2015/16 of the Old Kent Road and beyond, see http://www.casscities.co.uk/Cass-Cities-audit-book). It showed the high value of what is already there in Tottenham, and what can easily be destroyed with the wrong kind of development.

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