Monthly Archives: March 2016

Property Porn

The Housing and Planning Bill raises issues that go beyond even its sprawling neoliberal ambitions. One hundred pages of legislation that seek to redefine the UK’s housing landscape are not enough to contain the deeper layers of ideological obsession that … Continue reading

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There’s Power in the Union

I’m just back from the AGM of Islington UNISON at the Union Chapel.  I used to be a branch member and was invited to say a few words about Sunday’s national demo against the Housing Bill and the Kill the … Continue reading

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Islington Rises!

Islington (in north London) has an interesting housing history.  In the 1930s and post-war period some of the biggest and best council house building programmes took place under the guise of the radical Finshury Council.  In the 50s and 60s … Continue reading

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Pathway to the Projects

In 1992 I was an intern with a public housing authority in the US (you can tell it was a long time ago because unlike today’s interns, I was paid!) It was a seminal experience. ‘The Projects’ embody a range … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Council Housing

116 years ago today, the Prince of Wales stood near the bandstand at Arnold Circus and officially opened the new Boundary Estate in Bethnal Green. There had been isolated examples of municipal house building before, but this was the first … Continue reading

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