Pueblito Paisa is London’s hidden Latin American market in Seven Sisters. It doesn’t look much from the outside – in fact, you’ve probably walked straight past it before without even realising it exists.
But those who venture inside could be forgiven for thinking they’d just gone through a portal to another continent. The sound of salsa drifting through the corridors, the scent of freshly made empanadas and stores selling foods you’ve probably never heard of and wouldn’t find anywhere else in London.
It’s the heartbeat of the Latin community in North London, but developers and Haringey Council have been trying to shut this place down for years. Yes, you guessed it – plans are afoot to demolish the entire building and “regenerate” it with a shopping centre full of chain stores and luxury flats.
Now the community and its supporters are fighting back.
— Mirca Morera (@LatinCornerUK) June 11, 2017
The Wards Corner Community Coalition, a grassroots organisation, is spearheading an alternative community-led plan. Instead of the unaffordable apartments and soulless stores, they’re proposing to refurbish the existing building with an improved market, an arts centre, business space for local start-ups and a raft of new community facilities.
— Mirca Morera (@LatinCornerUK) June 2, 2015
If you want to support the work of the WCC Coalition, check out their Facebook page for upcoming meetings and fundraisers… And don’t forget to pay a visit to the market next time you’re in the area.