Tag Archives: Displacement

Knives, lives and homes

Even allowing for statistical and social variables, the fact that London’s murder rate can be compared with New York City’s indicates the gravity of the situation here.  It’s depressingly predictable that most politicians’ response to our young people killing each … Continue reading

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Pathway to the Projects

In 1992 I was an intern with a public housing authority in the US (you can tell it was a long time ago because unlike today’s interns, I was paid!) It was a seminal experience. ‘The Projects’ embody a range … Continue reading

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Mel King Speaks

I’m in the process of sifting through the scattered notes and recordings from my US housing trip, in the hope of stitching them together in a book.  I’ve just transcribed extracts from a speech by Mel King at Boston’s Tent … Continue reading

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Katrina: ten years on

Part of what I’m doing on my US ‘housing road trip’ is making snap judgments about places I’m visiting briefly and don’t really know.  That’s always a hazardous activity, but it hasn’t stopped me in the past!  When it comes … Continue reading

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An American Tragedy

Even compared to Death Row, my visit to Sacramento, California was distressing. I’ve known Charlotte Delgado for about ten years and she’s one of the most remarkable people I’ve ever met. She’s devoted much of her life to helping others, … Continue reading

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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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Sweet Home Chicago (?)

I last came to Chicago 29 years ago.  Back then I was struggling with a lack of education, emotional intelligence and money.  At least one of them isn’t so much of a problem now, so it’s good to be back, … Continue reading

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