Monthly Archives: June 2015

Greenbelt

There’s a place just outside Washington DC that distills the American housing experience and maybe says something more about the country as a whole. Greenbelt is a town (translated to American as ‘city’) of 24,000 located, as the name significantly … Continue reading

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Georgia on my mind

During a six-week trip, it seemed quite likely I’d be in the US when one of the country’s regular gun massacres took place. On the same day a white racist murdered nine black people in South Carolina, I was visiting … Continue reading

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Tosheam Dudley’s short homeless story

I got talking to Tosheam Dudley in New Orleans and he told me his short homeless story in the eight minutes we had before my bus arrived. Tosheam arrived in the not-aptly named ‘Big Easy’ in 2009 from his home … Continue reading

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Katrina: ten years on

Part of what I’m doing on my US ‘housing road trip’ is making snap judgments about places I’m visiting briefly and don’t really know.  That’s always a hazardous activity, but it hasn’t stopped me in the past!  When it comes … Continue reading

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An American Tragedy

Even compared to Death Row, my visit to Sacramento, California was distressing. I’ve known Charlotte Delgado for about ten years and she’s one of the most remarkable people I’ve ever met. She’s devoted much of her life to helping others, … Continue reading

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Eviction blockade, San Francisco

They know how to evict people in the US, but they know how to oppose them too. Early yesterday morning I joined an eviction blockade near where I was staying in San Francisco.  It was a classic case: a senior … Continue reading

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Mission Creep

Every time I think the housing crisis has reached its reductio ad absurdum (that’s Latin for ‘bloody stupid’) it goes to another level.  Until last night, I’d never stayed with Airbnb.  Of all the times in all the places to … Continue reading

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