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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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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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Housing Policy in Practice

One of the problems with policy making (and sometimes politics more generally) is that it can operate at a very abstract level.  If you’re sitting in a Whitehall office doing a Minister’s bidding, the reality of how policy affects lives … Continue reading

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My East End?: Living with ‘Gentrification’

A bit of recent genealogical research has revealed that members of my family have been getting born (and dying) in the East End for a couple of hundred years.  For the last 50 I’ve had to cope with the shame … Continue reading

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Eviction blockade, San Francisco

They know how to evict people in the US, but they know how to oppose them too. Early yesterday morning I joined an eviction blockade near where I was staying in San Francisco.  It was a classic case: a senior … 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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