Gentrification in Hackney: Renewal must include social mix

Anya Pearson

Writing for the Guardian last week, Amelia Gentleman reported on the Hackney housing micro-boom that saw the average cost of a home in the east London borough exceed £500,000 for the first time in December. Growing up in Hackney, I’ve witnessed – and have arguably been part of – the gentrification of the area that…


Going spare: How to deal with under-occupancy

Matt Hutchinson

The UK is in the grip of a housing crisis. This is nothing new; over the course of the second world war the UK lost almost half a million homes to a combination of the Blitz and doodlebug attacks. Add to that six years’ missed construction and an existing deficit of a further half million…


Labour’s New Towns: Back to the numbers game?

John Harvey

New towns were invented in Britain, and the concept has since spread across the globe. Many, if not all, of the original motivations for building them are still with us today, and recently the concept has come back into vogue with even some Tories and Lib Dems in favour. These towns offer practical ways to…

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