In praise of gentrification

In a column for Inside Housing I’ve looked at some of the data around how gentrification affects existing residents to see if there’s any reason to worry about it. Surprisingly, it doesn’t look as if gentrification really does push out existing residents very much – involuntary movement out of a gentrifying neighbourhood is about 0.6 percentage points […]

Post-war town planning: how to kill a city

In the UK the end of the second world war led to increased efforts by planners to shape the direction of cities. Destruction in the Blitz was to many town planners and architects ‘a blessing in disguise‘, allowing them to reconfigure cities in a more rational way. But cities are a good candidate for an example […]

Tube strikes: Driving London insane

They say that lightning doesn’t strike twice, but unfortunately tube drivers never seem to stop. It is expected that there will be three more tube strikes in the coming five weeks (on 27 January, 15 and 17 February), for a number of predictably dubious reasons, with the main ruckus surrounding driver’s pay and the Night Tube. […]

A Garden of One’s Own: Suggestions for development in the Metropolitan Green Belt

Our new paper on where to build on London’s Green Belt is out now. Below is part of the press release we sent to the media; for the full press release, click here. To read the whole paper, click here. London must build on low quality Green Belt spaces around existing commuter infrastructure to solve […]

The government finally decides to do something about housebuilding

Not that the government has decided to do the right thing about housebuilding of course, that would be far too much to hope for. But they are doing something: Ministers want to break the stranglehold on the country’s building industry, with eight developers responsible for more than half of the homes built every year. Under […]