Practically Utopian

Food for free, working for nothing and something truly cool on the street. Teresa Linzner tells a tale of Brixton’s eclectic avenues.

Imagine a fridge accessible to all, full of free food and filled by people who don’t get any money for doing so. Think of a café where customers pay what they can with only a handful of paid staff. Sounds utopian, doesn’t it?

Yet both of these practices are in play at two community projects in south London. Ben Longman is one of a team of people who keep The People’s Fridge, a publicly accessible community fridge in Brixton replenished while Madeleine Boomgarden works five minutes away at the Brixton Pound Café. I talked with them both about how and why they think they work and why there might or might not be more of them elsewhere.

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