Tag Archives: Gentrification

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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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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Stop the Blocks

The purpose of my visit to the US is to do the research for a book I’m going to write about the historic and current parallels between US and UK housing policy. Yesterday I joined a demonstration in the Lower … Continue reading

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Trash Tory Housing Plans

The Tory housing policy announced yesterday hardly needs more trashing than it’s already getting, but from a practical ‘housing management’ point of view (which is where I sit some of the time), I thought I’d add the following. The council … Continue reading

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East End Drones

The image of the drone as a sinister, intimidating, invading force has a new incarnation in the East End.  A reputedly ‘social’ landlord, East End Homes (EEH), wants to demolish the 383-home Holland Estate in Spitalfields and replace it with … Continue reading

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