The UK political establishment still sees the housing market as a reliable source of trickle-down prosperity for all. Others see an engine for social cleansing. To paraphrase the press release for Laura Oldfield Ford’s Seroxat, Smirnoff, THC, the obsession with private ownership has created new social demarcations, bankers billeted in ‘Zones of Refuge’ and zero-hours contract workers exiled to the ungentrified ‘pogroms’ of Catford and Streatham, the ‘Zones of Sacrifice’. “The idea of a collective space is there,” she says in…
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