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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Why culture competitions and 'artwashing' drive urban inequality

From Los Angeles to Liverpool to the new London competition, 'creative cities' policies are designed to soften gentrification's hard edges, never asking 'culture for who?'

East end boys and west end boys: does gentrification lead to homophobia?

Three men recently attacked my date and I in London's gay village Soho. They threw coins and shouted "faggot". I think gentrification partly prompted their resentment. 

Is art really to blame for gentrification?

Art is being used as a medium for gentrification, as the middle class displaces that of the working class in poorer urban areas. While the superficiality of this movement is apparent, should the good name of art suffer as a result?

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