The right to the city is just as important as the right to housing, argues Ruth Lorimer
This article originally appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of the rs21 magazine.
Housing is one of those everyday issues that don’t seem that ‘political’ until they come under attack. Pretty much everyone now agrees there is a housing crisis in the UK, especially in London where rents and house prices are soaring, and people on low incomes are being forced to move further and further from the city centre. Private renters are being ripped off by landlords, homeowners are being scammed by mortgage lenders and public housing tenants are being hit with privatisation, rent rises and (for some) the bedroom tax.
So it’s quite right, and reassuring, that many campaigns have sprung up recently in defence of affordable housing for working class people. But we don’t just live in houses – most…
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