On the situation of short-term rentals and tourism in southern Europe

By Jaime Jover (@JaimeJover)   Few people that had heard about Airbnb in southern Europe 10 years ago. The San Francisco-based holiday rentals company had just started its expansion in the continent. During the first years of the 2010s, short-term leases’ growth was still slow in a context where the World –particularly southern European economies– …

Questions remain over Manchester’s new ‘council’ housing

By Richard Goulding (@richmg_)   With Richard Leese retiring, Manchester City Council announced plans to provide affordable homes in the gentrifying neighbourhood of Ancoats, reported as the first council housing in the city since the 1980s. However closer inspection of those plans reveals a more complex picture.   The development will be taken forward by …

Expropriate! Special report from Berlin’s movement for housing remunicipalisation

By Members of Deutsche Wohnen & Co Enteignen (@dwenteignen)   On September 26th Berliners will head to the polls to vote in a referendum, the result of which may have seismic implications for the right-to-housing movement everywhere. The issue at hand is a proposal that the government seize and take into public ownership more than 200,000 …

Public land is a working class issue

By Helen C    As  community activists, ACORN are used to being met with responses like “it’s a middle class concern” when campaigning for the value of public spaces. In reality, safe and free access to quality public space is vitally important to the working class and an issue we will always fight for.   …

A Very British Coop

By Nick Bano, Joe Bilsborough, Lily Gordon Brown and Isaac Rose   “I’m very proud to support John Lewis” Sir Keir Starmer   “I love John Lewis” Boris Johnson     This month saw the eye-catching news that the John Lewis Partnership – purveyors of furnishings to the Parliamentary class – is setting its sights …

Independent Living Saves Lives

By Joan Ruthurford   I'm a retired town planner with an interest in campaigning for a more inclusive built environment.  I supported the Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP) in responding to the Government's recent consultation on 'Raising accessibility standards for new homes'.  It will probably surprise no-one to learn that the consultation was …

Dublin Community Tenants Union Resist Co-living Plans

By a CATU Phibsboro-Glasnevin member (@CGlasnevin)   Nowhere is Ireland’s long-running housing crisis more visible than between Dublin’s two canals, which ring the city centre from east to west. The four postcodes in this stretch account for around a third of all homeless people in the country, while average rents stand at an eye-watering €1,974.  …

The housing crisis in Manchester, capital of the ‘long 90s’.

By Tom Gillespie, Isaac Rose, Jonathan Silver     Factory opening   On the left bank of the River Irwell, where the Granada TV studios once stood, is a construction site ensnared in delays, overspend and hubris. Dubbed ‘The Factory’ in a not-so-subtle reference to Tony Wilson’s iconic record label, this site is the new …