Authoring King’s Cross

King's Cross Central logoThe Contested Spaces forum at Central St Martins is running an event, ‘Authoring King’s Cross’ to discuss the King’s Cross Wikipedia entry.

The King’s Cross Wikipedia entry has long been controversial with authors of this site having had references deleted as they did not fit with the ‘new’ view of King’s Cross. Questioning the forming perspectives over the past few years that ‘old’ King’s Cross was a run down dump only home to sex workers, pimps, drug users and pushers whereas ‘new’ King’s Cross aka King’s Cross Central, N1C or the apparently trade marked ‘King’s Cross’ and the new King’s Cross Station are all things good to all people, can be a very challenging stance to take.

The conflation of King’s Cross with King’s Cross Central (N1C or the apparently trade marked ‘King’s Cross’) is a thorny issue with long standing residents and businesses potentially being shunted out of the new order. The apparent trade marking, or at least registering of King’s Cross as a company name, only exacerbates this – a good example being the CSM invitation below.

On behalf of CSM’s Contested Spaces forum, Rebecca Ross & Chi Nguyen ask:

“Who will author the future of King’s Cross? You are invited to join us for an in-person and on-location collaborative update to Wikipedia’s entry for King’s Cross Central.

“We will consider the contents of the existing article and identify what is missing and why. Throughout the afternoon, we will update the Wikipedia entry to more fully reflect the history and contemporary dynamics of King’s Cross from a variety of perspectives.

“This event is part of the Contested Spaces forum at Central Saint Martins and will be immediately followed by a panel discussion on the theme of Gentrification and Regeneration.”

Anyone with an interest is welcome. 2.30 and 5.30pm on Saturday 21st June at The Crossing, Central Saint Martins, 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA.

A shame we only heard about this five days before it’s due to happen…

About Sophie Talbot

Sophie runs a small business designing websites for small businesses and community groups. She also manages King's Cross Community Projects
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5 Responses to Authoring King’s Cross

  1. Sean says:

    Sharing everywhere!…. Sean

    • Sophie Talbot says:

      Thanks Sean – even tho we’ve got such short notice it’s seems important the long standing KX community should be represented with all our differing (yet interesting) views.

  2. I absolutely agree. Kings Cross had a terrible reputation, yet it was the home of Dan Leno, George Cruikshank and many other famous people, and I always loved it, even when the drug-dealers and prostitutes were there. In fact, I should be grateful to them, I got my rates reduced because I showed the officer from the Inland Revenue that a brothel had opened facing us! We had an office in Kings Cross and finally moved here in 2001.

  3. I must say this is a very good idea by the CSM project. A battle for the soul of Kings Cross is underway and the Wikipedia entry is an illuminating example of how corporitisation is trying to modify the history and shared lives of a place. I admit to being a bit-part actor in trying to resolve some of the dilemmas, for example, “cleaning-up” the area (cutting crime, vice etc which is generally what residents want) without ending-up colluding with “sanitising” the place (which is what corporate, commercial interests are driving towards).

  4. Diana Shelley says:

    Shame they’ve scheduled it for when many of us will be out on the People’s Assembly march against austerity
    Good luck to those who get there!

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