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BOOK RELEASE: There’s No Place

My book, There’s No Place: The American Housing Crisis and what it means for the UK, will be published in June.  Here’s what some people are saying about it: “Glyn Robbins knows what he’s talking about.  If words are weapons, … Continue reading

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Learning from Red Vienna

In the week the UK government unveiled a housing policy that will never work, I was in Vienna learning a bit about one that did.  The wave of radical politics that swept the world after the Russian Revolution and the … Continue reading

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Milton Keynes – A City Concept at Risk

I’ve written before about my fascination with Milton Keynes, so I was very happy to be invited to a meeting of MK residents to discuss the Housing and Planning Act (which limped through parliament on 12th May).  The new Act … Continue reading

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The Housing Paradox and the Democratic Deficit

I think this post is what’s known as a ‘think piece’  I’m not sure what that means, but it comes in the days after the Housing and Planning Bill ‘passed through’ parliament, like a stomach bug that has messy and … Continue reading

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Dollis Valley: The Housing Bill Foretold

During my US housing road trip last year (and on numerous previous visits) I came to the firm conclusion that US and UK housing policy were converging around a neoliberal axis that spells doom for working class communities in both … 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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