Where will we live?

LESSBIG starts off the new year with this brilliant long read essay by James Meek, from the London Review of Books. Meek is an established name when it comes to writing about privatization and his collected essays ‘Private Island’ will be published by Verso.


image: Wikipedia
image: Wikipedia

This essay comes at the housing crisis from a variety of angles, yet the key points are widely relevant and long term. As a relative novice, I found the walk through of the last 50-100 years of general and social housing policies and history invaluable in explaining why we are where we are today. Can’t recommend this strongly enough. Enjoy!

I am getting the next load of posts written up and ready, so stay tuned for more like this over the coming year. Don’t forget to subscribe.

Charter of the Forest

In our topsy-turvy, contemporary society, have you ever stopped to wonder about your turbary rights? What about your pannage, estover and agistment rights? In this post, we turn to the cutting edge legal document of 1217, ‘The Charter of the Forest’ or ‘Carta de Foresta’. You might know the Magna Carta as a document that started to establish human rights as we know them today, but the Charter of the Forest arguably did more for the common man; and as is the case with these kinds of things, helps inform our view of planning law and land rights today. Who owns the land, why and what are they allowed to do with it?

image - St Johns College Oxford info.sjc.ox.ac.uk/forests/
image – St Johns College Oxford info.sjc.ox.ac.uk/forests/

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