Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Last (Washington) Post

I spent some of my last day in DC with Eric Sheptock.  Eric is a homeless activist and has been living in a shelter at 424 2nd Street NW for the last three and a half years.  The shelter is really … Continue reading

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Chocolate City

Chocolate City isn’t the name that’s used on the BBC for the capital of the US, but it’s a nickname for Washington DC coined by African-Americans to signify the history and culture of a place beyond the monuments of State.  … Continue reading

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A short blog about race

I don’t like using the word ‘race’ to describe ethnicity, skin colour or nationality, but to quote yesterday’s ‘USA Today’ newspaper ‘America remains torn by racial problems’.  Ever since I first came here I’ve felt the truth of that statement, … Continue reading

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‘No more cuts! Tax the 1%!’

This is the battle cry of this year’s conference of the National Alliance of HUD Tenants (NAHT) in Washington DC.  This is my fifth time at NAHT conference, but there’s an unmistakable change of mood.  NAHT represents low-income tenants living … Continue reading

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‘Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner…

…that I love New York so’.  There’s a lot of old cobblers talked about ‘the urban’ (hope my PhD supervisors don’t read this).  The Urban Experience, the Urban Moment, City of Modernity, City of Post-Modernity, City of God, City of … Continue reading

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There’s no future in nostalgia

Despite the warning of the Bard of Barking (I dare not speak his name) that nostalgia is the opium of our age, every time I go down Brick Lane I see a new retro shop.  With a few pints and … Continue reading

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Was Frank Lloyd Right?

Frank Lloyd Wright is sometimes described as the American architect.  Like a lot of influential architects and urban planners  (Le Corbusier, Ebenezer Howard) he didn’t actually get that much built.  I’ve seen the Guggenheim museum in New York and I … Continue reading

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