Author Archives: Glyn Robbins

The Bronx is burning, again

I wrote this article for Jacobin with David Madden in March.  It’s ancient history now.  All bets are off.  Although the fundamental premise remains (that current mainstream housing and urban policies don’t work), we’re in a new situation.  The question … Continue reading

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Housing During and After Corona

For those who don’t see Tribune, Twitter or Facebook… https://tribunemag.co.uk/2020/04/coronavirus-has-exposed-the-dysfunction-of-housing-in-britain I hope this finds you and yours well.  

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Hunters Point: Living on the side of the hill

The film “Last Black Man in San Francisco” tells a certain truth.  Estimates vary, but the city’s African-American population is something between 3% and 6%, having fallen sharply since the 1970s when it stood at 13%.  Although San Francisco never … Continue reading

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Nothing to fear but…

Coming to America is always a bit strange. That’s partly why I like it. But being here at this time, of all times, is extraordinery. I’m in San Francisco, where I was due to attend a conference which was cancelled … Continue reading

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Fiddling around the edges: Mainstream policy responses to the housing crisis since 2016

Just had this published by Critical Social Policy (link below).  I wrote it before the last general election, but I think the arguments stand up and will probably be with us until the next one, although we shouldn’t wait that … Continue reading

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A Step Too VAR

I can’t stay silent on this any longer. I was once introduced to someone as “the housing man” and I suppose that’s the role I’ve type-cast myself in. But there are other things in life and in mine, football has … Continue reading

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Housing after last Thursday

It’s a mistake to separate the vital housing question from other political and policy issues.  But with so much post-election discussion, I’ll restrict myself to the bit I’m supposed to know something about. In short, we’re entering a very dangerous … Continue reading

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