Author Archives: Glyn Robbins

The Grapes of Hough

I’ve been sitting on this unusual urban tale since my visit to Cleveland, Ohio last November.  I thought it was too good a story for my modest media reach, so I tried pitching it to some of the national outlets.  … Continue reading

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Jersey City: America in one place (unedited)

Tribune published this on their website yesterday.  I’m grateful, but their edit changed the meaning of at least one point I was trying to make, so here’s the original.  I wrote the article before Trump went on his latest racist … Continue reading

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Alexandria, the Old South and mystic chords of forgetting

I recently spent a few nights in Alexandria, Virginia.  It’s a pleasant place on the banks of the Potomac River, just south of Washington DC.  There are boat trips, gift shops, waterside bars, art galleries and they used to buy … Continue reading

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The Neoliberal City

I thought people not Tribuneites or part of the Twitterati might like to read this. https://tribunemag.co.uk/2019/05/the-neoliberal-city  

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Learning from the Selfish Giant

Oscar Wilde’s short story is a beautiful, enduring parable.  It’s relevance for today is starkly illustrated by a housing estate in Lambeth where a wall was built to separate children from different housing tenures.  Sadly, although this case has hit … Continue reading

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Sleepwalking to America

As the UK prepares to distance itself from one continent, it may get closer to another.  My book (nearly all gone, so please get in touch if you’d like a copy) argues that this country’s housing policy is following the … Continue reading

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Flogging Off the Future

They’re at it again!  Housing Associations, so-called “social landlords” (annual surplus last year £3.5 billion), are flogging-off social rented homes.  The Chartered Institute of Housing has recently said 165,000 homes for social rent have been lost since 2012 and the … Continue reading

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