30 April 2022

Picture 1 by David Hoffman, from the CRB zine Parfett Street Evictions 1973

These photos were taken from 1973 to 76. ‘Myrdle and Parfett streets were abandoned. Empty shells of buildings sheltered the most desperate homeless, mostly alcoholics, crazed by drinking meths and surgical spirit. Tumbledown, leaky old houses made for easy squats or cheap rents and began to attract impoverished students, artists, political activists and young Bangladeshi men working in the rag trade. Slowly a younger, more able population emerged. Life started to return to the streets,’ writes David Hoffman

Picture 2 image from 1994 Rotterdam West archive in Fortuyn: Un-Dutch “Can you still live here?”

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