We aren’t saying that older, centralized urban hubs should be ossified on behalf of the poor. But these ideas to manipulate and reposition socio-economic groups are no better than deliberate neighbourhood busting via highway projects or gentrification, are they? Where’s the balance? Linked here is an item from the Guardian for just such a scheme that would see people incentivized from London to the much smaller community of Hull on the North Sea.
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We used to think the future would be more about flying space cars than about living in cars …but that’s how it goes, apparently. If you find your own self unable to pay off student loans or cover rent and end up living in what used to be a symbol of middle class aspiration, the item linked below is for you. It’s a depressingly long wiki article with a dozen-and-a-half citations and over 40 contributors. Gosh, but there’s a lot of little details to get down pat when it comes to living in a metal box! Our favourite pointer is the advice never to sleep in the driver’s seat of your castle. Apparently if you do your body and brain may too closely associate that location with sleep and cause you to have a collision, …assuming you actually have somewhere to drive to.
How to live in your car
Recent policy changes in and around London, England are seen by some to represent the system ‘taking the gloves off’, so to speak, in regard to who gets what and lives where. To some extent these policy changes probably just formally represent changes and desires that have been on the books and in the hearts of decision makers for some time. If you are on the receiving end it may mot much matter from whence it all comes, this latest effort at reordering the UK’s capital, long the seat of extreme differences in income and standard of living. These items linked below would appear to describe a bold-faced, formal, legalistic and economic effort to move the lower orders away from central/high prestige areas.
Council cuts: the Manhattanisation of central London Guardian
Housing benefit cuts: Tory flagship prepares to give 5,000 households their marching orders Guardian
When Arianna Huffington sold her news aggregation site to Yahoo! we were concerned about what looked like another sell out of a smaller, interesting, independent entity to a mass media conglomerate. The jury is still out on that one but we think we all agree that socially conscious reportage certainly doesn’t hurt anybody’s image. Mind the Gap is a new ongoing feature on HuffPost’s Canada page. Among other poverty-enhancing things, it turns out that the increase in income inequality has jacked up the cost of housing for all income groups.
Mind the Gap Huffington Post