Hale the Elephant

Monday (10 December) turns out to be another significant day in London’s housing boom for a few and housing crisis for the many. Politicians operating London’s market state at city-wide and borough levels continue to make it easy for London’s public land to be seized by elements of the global real estate complex. Local residents and traders in Tottenham and at the Elephant and Castle face an uncertain future after two major ‘redevelopment’ schemes receive political backing.

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HS2: raising the dead and razing a community

Big money conjures up enormous power, even the clout to dig up thousands of dead souls from their graves. Naked statutory power given to High Speed 2 (HS2) Limited by the State, via politicians in Parliament, allows the parastatal to mass exhume the bodies and remains of an estimated 61,000 people near Euston in central London.

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Another Grenfell could happen…soon

Thousands of tower block residents across Britain remain at risk exactly one year after the catastrophic Grenfell fire in west London. A fire chemistry expert warns of dire consequences if the government continues to fail to tackle combustible materials on tower blocks. “If these issues are not addressed, we are going to see another Grenfell,” says Professor Anna Stec. “And we are going to see it soon.”

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Centre Point: monument to a housing crisis

Some Londoners love Centre Point, writes Paul Coleman. Others loathe it. That makes Centre Point another of London’s ‘Marmite’ skyscrapers.* Completed in 1966, (the last time an England team won the football World Cup), this 34-storey edifice stands as a looming monument to 20th century greed for office space. But will Centre Point become a monument to a 21st century global gluttony for speculative investment in London’s uber high-priced real estate market?

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