'I DID THIS'
by Margarida Brôco Amorim

Two years ago I moved to Whitechapel having in mind what Wikipedia had taught me
 – that it had been a poor and working-class neighbourhood for a long time.
Week after week the skyline from my window had changed, until the point I barely could glance any sky.  I’ve assisted to this kind of dystopian being built outside the city walls and opposite to Altab Ali Park, named in memory of a young Bangladeshi man who was murdered as he walked home from work.
I moved out from Whitechapel and live now in a council house.
In one of my first meetings with Charlotte, dedicated to this chapter, we went through a few promotional videos of these new residential towers.  We laughed. As a consequence One Commercial Street [1] new residential towers monologue kept playing in my mind for weeks now:

“To look out at the city that could have swallowed you whole and say
‘I DID THIS’
to stand, with the world at your feet.”

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[1] https://vimeo.com/115968280

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