Monthly Archives: May 2015

First Houses

Better housing happens where determined campaigns meet political will.  That’s what produced the UK’s first council estate, the Boundary (1900) in Bethnal Green and the first public housing in the US, ‘First Houses’ (1935) on 3rd Street in the Lower East … Continue reading

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Stop the Blocks

The purpose of my visit to the US is to do the research for a book I’m going to write about the historic and current parallels between US and UK housing policy. Yesterday I joined a demonstration in the Lower … Continue reading

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We need to talk about Suburbia

Suburbia stalks and haunts the housing debate.  Nowhere are the suburbs more physically, economically, politically, culturally and ideologically ingrained than America.  It’s hard to overstate their significance as a symbol of how this country thinks of itself.  The idea of … Continue reading

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Start Spreading the News

I arrived in New York yesterday.  I’m staying in Harlem, an area I know a little and it’s great to be back.  The reason for this trip is not just to bemoan the misery caused by trans-Atlantic neoliberal housing policy, … Continue reading

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South Boston

I wanted to try to put some skin on the bones of the issues being raised at the campaign meeting on Thursday, so on Friday I met with a public housing tenant who showed me around her neighbouhrood in South Boston.  … Continue reading

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Bostonians

My trip has begun, appropriately, in Boston, the place where this strange idea of ‘America’ really got started.  There are buildings to remind you this was once a British colony, but now the colonisers come in different, but very familiar, … Continue reading

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40 Days and 40 Nights

I’m not suggesting the trip I’m embarking on tomorrow will be of Biblical significance, but I hope to return from the USA on 29th June with a deeper understanding of the country and its housing.  I’ll be visiting nine cities … Continue reading

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