Pick of the day: The ‘reconfiguration’ of London is akin to social cleansing | Anna Minton | Comment is free | The Guardian

The Heygate estate, Elephant and Castle. Only 79 of 2,500 new homes on the site will be available as social housing. Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian

The Heygate estate, Elephant and Castle. Only 79 of 2,500 new homes on the site will be available as social housing. Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian

“For cynical residents this approach is a continuation of the previous government’s discredited Pathfinder programme, which aimed to increase land and property prices by demolishing existing homes in well-located areas in northern towns to build new properties that could be marketed to a wider social mix of people at higher prices. That policy, which saw thousands evicted from their homes and was widely regarded as a failure, led to widespread accusations of “social cleansing”. Now we are seeing the same in London.”

read the whole article by Anna Minton on The Guardian The ‘reconfiguration’ of London is akin to social cleansing | Anna Minton | Comment is free | The Guardian.

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