New report out this morning from Savilles real-estate on the state of renting. You’re right, it’s exactly like the torture rack it feels. The slumlords are playing the poor-mouth – they’re rolling in it. As the report says “it’s a no-brainer for people with the cash.” See more here.
London heads are using social media to highlight the utter shtate of their rental accommodation by sharing handmade signs, cardboard memes and posters.
Generation Rent instigated the campaign to force the housing issue to the top of the London Mayoral agenda. Unsurprisingly, it’s a litany of high rents, dismal dives and nightmare landlord stories.
While historical re-enactments are all the rage in this ‘Decade of Centenaries’, and we have seen everything from Ulster Volunteer Forces rallies to Fenian funerals re-enacted by enthusiastic historical societies, it’s unlikely we’ll see anyone recreate the looting of Noblett’s sweet shop come 24 April 2016. Donal Fallon has this tale of proletarian shopping in the rare auld times. Somewhat at odds with the popular narrative of the Easter Rising, widespread looting in the city was one outcome of the breakdown of law and order that came with the outbreak of the insurrection. John Pitts, an academic who studies criminology and youth culture, was quoted in the aftermath of the 2011 London riots stating that “many of the people involved are likely to have been from low-income, high-unemployment estates, and many, if not most, do not have much of a legitimate future.” If social isolation and a sense of alienation from society is what motivated people to loot during the London riots, the evidence would suggest it was much the … Read More
As rents continue to soar and more and more people become locked out of the housing market, Donal Fallon takes us back to the lofty co-operative housing schemes built for workers by the corporations of Dublin and weighs up their experience against similar ventures abroad. In his wonderful oral history of the Dublin tenements, it was pointed out by one wise lady to Kevin Kearns about the tenements of the past that “anyone that says they were good old days is a headcase. It’d make you sick to think of them.” Any examination of Dublin Corporation housing in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries is ultimately an examination of total failure. Firstly, the Corporation built tenement houses beside the Royal Barracks, in an area with a fierce reputation for poverty and “immorality”, with prostitution rife in the shadow of the soldiers’ den on Barrack Street. Following this enormous failure, the second Corporation housing scheme began with Corporation Buildings, right in the heart of Dublin’s Monto. The Corporation’s solution to the … Read More
With rent prices sky rocketing across Dublin, many friends of rabble are upping sticks and heading to pastures new. Pauliina Spockinen is one of these. She penned this wistful farewell to D7. Have you been pushed out of an area you loved? dear dublin 7, it’s time for us to part ways. i never thought it would come to this. i suppose i knew something was up when you started expanding the luas deep into your heart and opened a gourmet burger restaurant. i thought we agreed that i’d ignore the rubbish on the streets and in return you’d make sure that no one would know how to pronounce “quinoa”. but i suppose we both have changed: you with your newly inflated house prices and open plan ikea-furnished artisan cottages, and me with my precarious working hours and ever-decreasing wages. i just don’t think we’re compatible any more. so, i guess that’s it, dublin 7. you will always hold a special place in my heart and in my liver. … Read More