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When Housing Is A Luxury -- Squatting Is A Necessity
When Housing Is A Luxury -- Squatting Is A Necessity
Digital CollectionStreet Art Graphics
TitleWhen Housing Is A Luxury -- Squatting Is A Necessity
Time Span2014
Geographic LocationEngland
LanguageEnglish
Classgraphic arts
Typepatch
DescriptionDepicts a group of high-rise buildings with a road passing in front of them. Housing prices skyrocketed all over the United Kingdom after the 2008 Recession, and people are being priced out of the housing market. Squatting is not just for the unemployed; lower-middle class families are also being forced out of their homes due to the exorbitant housing prices. This patch is arguing that more people are being forced to squat because of the housing crisis. "London has 72, 457 empty homes. Rent is Too High. As the Housing Crisis deepens we see: government policies of cuts to housing benefit, the Bedroom Tax introduced, regeneration that equals unaffordable 'Affordable' housing" -- A post by Luther Blisset, 'Made Possible By Squatting Archive Opens Tonite!!', Indy Media UK
Subjectgentrification; squatters; city life; right to housing; urban renewal; squatter settlements; buildings
Referenceshttp://www.bbc.com/news/business-28850292; http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2013/09/512483.html; http://www.56a.org.uk/
Curator's NotesCarolyn Dellinger '16 contributed and helped catalogue this item as part of a collaborative, interdisciplinary initiative at St. Lawrence University called "Weaving the Streets & People's Archive, " funded during 2013-2015 by a mini-grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation entitled "Crossing Boundaries: Re-envisioning the Humanities for the 21st Century." For the project, students and young alumni participants were asked to examine "the creative and complex ways ordinary people make use of public space to express themselves." Participants wrote blog posts for "The Weave" and selected four to six items to be added to the gallery's "Street Art Graphics" digital archive. See (http://weavenews.org/content/weaving-streets).
Source56a Infoshop Social Centre 56 Crampton St. London SE17 3AE UK
NotesCollected in 2014 by Carolyn Dellinger, St. Lawrence University class of 2016, in London, England
RightsPlease see http://www.stlawu.edu/gallery/copyright/.
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