The Preston Model and other questions?

Preston, here in North West England, is having a bit of a moment. A moment about doing things for itself. Obvious things, in some ways, but a combination of obvious things that no one else is doing in quite the same ways. Economic things, social things, using your own resources and imagination kinds of things […]

Granby 4 Streets: Talking with Aditya

‘Bearing in mind we’re ordinary people, what we’ve done is magnificent.’ Hazel Tilley This morning in The Guardian Aditya Chakrabortty has published an article he’s been working on with a group of us over the past couple of weeks. I’ve decided to link to the article from this blog so it can be included on […]

Is Cathy never coming home?

In 2014, 13th November was to be #HousingDay. 24 hours on Twitter of stories from the world of Social Housing. I thought it couldn’t do any harm and might even do some good. It had been Twitter that morning, after all, that had led me to two savagely upsetting articles about life in the housing world. First Aditya Chackrabortty’s story […]

The Return of the Private Landlords

Updated 24th April 2015, originally published August 2014. Look out, they’re coming for the houses and the futures of your children! Having been thought more or less extinct, particularly in some parts of the north Private Landlords are now increasingly being spotted once again roaming the land, freely and rapaciously. Their supporters and apologists, and […]