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Before World War 2, DIgbeth was the Italian quarter of Birmingham. At the onset of hostilities, the Italian community was removed to detention camps, and a new Iris quarter developed in its place. Nowadays, Digbeth is often viewed as the “creative quarter”. This Irish flag was found stuck in the fencing of a car park.
A large area of central Birmingham has been demolished, to make way for "luxury apartments”, and with this, the loss of a community. The shiny black hoarding is cleaned and the graffiti removed once a week. Some will remember the cafe...
A pop-up nightclub: during the day this is revealed as a courtyard with a tarpaulin roof. Black curtaining hides the brick walls. The remnants of the night’s revelry have almost been cleared away.
The hostel in Digbeth offers reasonably priced accommodation. The public area is colourful, and this man, just back from Spain, was working on some documents. He had lived in the area and knew the history of the area. Despite the planned gentrification of Digbeth, heralded by the planned tram route, he was certain that the hostel would remain and thrive. Young people come to Digbeth for the pop-up nightclubs and affordable overnight rooms will always be in demand.
The area has a transport hub centred on the bus station. This young lady is sitting on the kerb at the entrance to a car park, waiting for her boyfriend to lock up the car. Then she is off on her travels...
This man has proudly run a lock up garage in Digbeth for over 30 years. Most of the land in the area, he says, is leasehold. His garage used to be on the other side of the road, but the area was made into a car park.