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The Apostasy of David Harvey?

In this podcast from 19th December 2019, David Harvey said capital is “too big to fail” and  “[We] have to spend some time propping it up, trying to reorganize it”.  (The transcript is here.) Unsurprisingly, this caused high dudgeon in … Continue reading

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Labour, COVID-19 and the housing crisis

When a health crisis meets a housing crisis, the consequences are deadly.  COVID-19 has laid bare decades of housing policy failure, interlaced with institutional racism.  Now is the time for the Labour Party and wider movement to offer a response … Continue reading

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George Floyd: Without Sanctuary

A photographic exhibition, “Without Sanctuary”, was produced in 2000.  It was widely seen in the US and is now preserved on-line.  The link is here, but WARNING: the images are extremely disturbing.  They show some of the 3,730 lynchings recorded … Continue reading

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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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