Tag Archives: Affordable Housing

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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Obamavilles

I’m in Seattle now, but need to say one last thing (for now) about the omni-scandal that is Chicago housing.  It gets worse the more I learn.  The usual excuse for neglecting, carving up and privatising public/council housing is ‘Sorry, … Continue reading

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More from Chicago

It was a busy morning in Cook County’s housing court yesterday.  Local campaigners refer to it as ‘the eviction court’ and I could see why.  Within the first half hour, I reckon twenty ex-parte possession orders were granted to landlords … Continue reading

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The Bronx is turning

The Bronx has an iconic identity often associated with urban decay.  As ever, such stereo-types are ahistorical and unbalanced.  New York’s northern-most borough was once considered a desirable suburb, a heritage reflected in some of its grand architecture and layout. … Continue reading

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First Houses

Better housing happens where determined campaigns meet political will.  That’s what produced the UK’s first council estate, the Boundary (1900) in Bethnal Green and the first public housing in the US, ‘First Houses’ (1935) on 3rd Street in the Lower East … Continue reading

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Start Spreading the News

I arrived in New York yesterday.  I’m staying in Harlem, an area I know a little and it’s great to be back.  The reason for this trip is not just to bemoan the misery caused by trans-Atlantic neoliberal housing policy, … Continue reading

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