Monthly Archives: February 2014

New Mini Series!

Me and a cartoonist friend (you won’t have heard of him) declared 2014 The Year of Self-Promotion and I’m off to a flyer!  Not content with the featured letter in London’s leading (only) evening newspaper and an article in the … Continue reading

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Mixed use – mixed motives

I’ve written an article for the journal of the Town and Country Planning Association.  For anyone who’s interested in a distilled version of my PhD, click the link. TCPA article Feb 2014

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Fame at last…

…and not before time.  Here’s a letter I sent to the London Evening Standard earlier this week (click on it if you want to read it), in response to Ed Miliband’s article here.

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Water and capitalism don’t mix

No man is an island, but lots of English towns now are.  It must be bloody awful and none of what follows in any way diminishes how miserable it must be when your house floods, but amidst the political welly-waving, … Continue reading

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That’s not what democracy looks like…

One of the unique qualities of council housing is how it creates an automatic relationship between people and politics.  In an era when there is increasing concern about ‘the democratic deficit’ and voter apathy, council tenants have been described as ‘special citizens’ because they have preserved a … Continue reading

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Final Report of UN Special Rapporteur on Housing

Here’s a link to the final report (released today) from the UN Special Rapporteur’s visit to the UK in August/September 2013 to investigate ‘adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living’.  It infuriated the … Continue reading

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