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Swllr uploaded this train journey through Dalston.

- The level of open space in Dalston is only one twentieth of the National Playing Fields Association recommended standard.

- In April 2005, the unemployment rate in Dalston stood at 7.5% (compared to a London-wide average of 3.5%).
- The majority of Dalston is within the top 10% of the most deprived areas in the country, and a number of smaller areas (super output areas, or SOAs) are within the top 5% of deprived areas in England.
- 44% of Dalston's population are from ethnic minority communities (compared to a London-wide average of 30%).

"Approximately 10,400 residents in Dalston Ward, and the area's markets, shopping facilities, businesses and transport links mean that many more people pass through the area daily."

Source: Hackney Council

Visionontv's Richard Hearing asks why at the scene of a live eviction.
The people of Dalston made their feelings known with the Shoe Wagon overflowing after every trip through the market.

Why Dalston

Dalston was selected because of the supposedly high level of anti-olympics feeling in the area. Open Council researchers put this perception to the test with a series of experiments using our specially designed 2012 Shoe Wagon.

The Wagon was paraded up and down Ridley Road offering the chance for passers by to voice their displeasure by shoe throwing at the the London Olympics logo. This simple test of public mood, which was conducted over the Jubilee weekend, revealed that there is indeed a healthy level opposition to the 2012 Olympic Games in the Dalston area.

Open Council assistants have put together this video-quilt to introduce Dalston to Newcastle members who may not have visited the area.
Local musician Robin Grey sings about gentrification in Hackney. (Gentrification refers to the changes that result when wealthier people ("gentry") acquire or rent property in low income and working class communities.)
A gaggle of Turkish members celebrate with flares and song in Dalston in this one uploaded by TheDonOfUK.
Another video of the very popular Ridley Road Market - this one from Mosdan.
Here, well known local resident Sue Jones gives her view of the Dalston Masterplan.
Listen up: Preachers in Dalston Market in this one from pastorpauladeleye.
This video shows poet and music writer Ras Howard on an apparent visit to Dalston Market.
This one shows a popular art exhibition in the new library which was viewed by commuters and passers by.
The popular Legends Gym in Dalston is showcased in this clip from North London Video.
Another: Greenwiz1 recorded this unsavory police force incident on Dalston Lane.
A visionontv report into the phenomenon of the hipsters in Dalston.
Conflict: More action from the London Riots as members of Turkey fend of the excitable youths.
Good: This one tells of an innovative farm shop in the Dalston.
Mind the stall!: The popular market on Ridley Road is the subject of this meandering video.
This video show photos of Dalston taken by Alan Denney during the Thatcher years.

A Political Olympiad

The Open Council have known for a long time now that the relationship between sport and politics is there but recent months has seen the subject again visible.

Sporting events and particularly the Olympics have been often used as a platform for protest violence and terrorism but really its the powerful who are use the sport to them wants in a global spectacle distraction idea from events at home. Also the frenzied corporate branding melee.

About Dalston

Dalston is a busy, densely populated town centre in Hackney, East London. It is a highly deprived but vibrant area which has suffered in the past from poor planning decisions. There is a tsunami of gentrification and a serious lack of affordable housing and open space.

About Dalston
In a bid to explore this discontent the "Let's Merge Sport and Politics" scheme is inviting Dalston members to send in their interpretations of the relations between sport and politics. Visit the "Let's Merge Sport and Politics"project page for full details here.

"The "Lets merge Sport and Politics" project comes on the back of the Open Council's previous engagements with the 2012 Game in the "lets merge sport and culture" and the £500,000 Sport and Culture Idea Contest but for the first time in Open Council history the project will be based outside of Newcastle. We hope our collaboration with the people of Dalston will help cement a special relationship between our communities for ever."

In order to explore this further the Open Council are launching a new *call for work* project inspired by the 2012 Olympic games called "Lets merge Sport and Politics".

The project is based in London with a specific focus on the community of Dalston who are a stones throw away from the physical site of the Olympics. The aim is to make visible the complexity of sport/politics relations now and from before.

The Open Council's Special Olympic Project Live from London

"Let's Merge Sport and Politics"