Wright may have got his final predictions wrong, but definitely change has come to Dalston, and Londoners hear about this place on the Overground in East London more and more. Priced out of Brick Lane, Spitalfields and Shoreditch, Dalston is increasingly the home to the city’s hipsters, and so now yuppie bistros and altruistic community gardens sit alongside workmen’s cafes and builders’ merchants. There is a fight taking place here, and it is yet to see who wins.
There is, however, a visionary scheme planned for Dalston’s built environment and demographic. Part of this scheme began in physical form in 2007 with Phase 1 of Dalston Square – an urban regeneration programme instigated by Hackney Council and the London Development Agency and realised through Barratt Homes. A total of 553 dwellings are being built, many already complete, in three phases at the crossroad of Kingsland Road and Dalston Lane next to a new station. In addition to these residences, the development has incorporated a 3,200 m² public library, 2,650 m² of commercial floor space and 525 m² of community space around a 4,300 m² landscaped public square.