Poor door protest, One Commercial Street, London, E5 (#poordoor)

October 19, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

A subject that should inflame anybody with a sense of equality and decency is that of 'poor-doors'. They are hardly a new phenomenon, but with the accelerated construction of 'luxury' housing in London (and where the contract specifies 'affordable' housing to be provided at the same site  too), it is one that more people are becoming aware of though protests such as these and personal experience.

The poor-door for the affordable flats located at One Commercial Street, E5 happens to be down a piss-soaked ill-lit alley beside the building. It is a 2nd class entrance apparently deliberately designed to reinforce your 2nd rate status. Don't forget, you can't use the main entrance, it is not connected to your flat.

So 'suck on that' is the message.

Location of the 'poor-door' at One Commercial Street, E5. Total segregationLocation of the 'poor-door' at One Commercial Street, E5. Total segregationNikon D800E, Nikkor 24-70f/2.8, Flash

The door hardly inspires confidence once you reach it. What better to say that you are a second class citizen than not being allowed to share the busy main entrance?

My photo has 'prettified' it though. There is no sky - the light in the photo above is all reflected from the side of One Commercial Street and the offices over the road, seamlessly. Top right is the nearest it gets during the day, and just try counting the lamps that illuminate it at night...

Concierge? Security?Concierge? Security?Nikon D800E, Nikkor 24-70f/2.8, Flash

This evening the poor door might have been the preferred entrance considering what was going on at the front door...

No smoking on the porch LOLZNo smoking on the porch LOLZNikon D800E, Nikkor 24-70f/2.8, Flash

Most of us were having a good time and getting across a serious message.

Class War, Womens Death Brigade, Smiters of the High & Mighty, Fuck Capitalism, Fuck Patriarchy bannerClass War, Womens Death Brigade, Smiters of the High & Mighty, Fuck Capitalism, Fuck Patriarchy bannerNikon D800E, Nikkor 24-70f/2.8, Flash

Looks like the copper is holding the Lucy Parsons banner. Wearing nail varnish too...Looks like the copper is holding the Lucy Parsons banner. Wearing nail varnish too...Nikon D800E, Nikkor 24-70f/2.8, Flash

Of course, by this time, getting in the poor-door was not without difficulties

The 'poor-door'The 'poor-door'Nikon D800E, Nikkor 24-70f/2.8, Flash

It was a lively demo, lots of people and banners

Full Communism bannerFull Communism bannerNikon D800E, Nikkor 24-70f/2.8, Flash

'We must devastate the avenues where the wealthy live' Lucy Parsons banner'We must devastate the avenues where the wealthy live' Lucy Parsons bannerNikon D800E, Nikkor 24-70f/2.8, Flash

And again...

'We must devastate the avenues where the wealthy live' Lucy Parsons banner'We must devastate the avenues where the wealthy live' Lucy Parsons banner. Plus, Lucy has legs LOLNikon D800E, Nikkor 24-70f/2.8, Flash

Really good to see a Durham Miners banner. Pity more from the TUC march that afternoon couldn't have shown some support

Durham Miners Accociation bannerDurham Miners Accociation bannerNikon D800E, Nikkor 24-70f/2.8, Flash

Speech!

Ian BoneIan BoneNikon D800E, Nikkor 24-70f/2.8, Flash

Speech!Speech!Nikon D800E, Nikkor 24-70f/2.8, Flash

Copper looks interested heheCopper looks interested heheNikon D800E, Nikkor 24-70f/2.8, Flash

The photo above gives a better idea of the lack of light in the alleyway. 

Finally, an obvious one to end with. Roll on...

Class War bannerClass War bannerNikon D800E, Nikkor 24-70f/2.8, Flash


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