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Sharon Ament: the Great Exhibition was London’s greatest idea

Sharon Ament is director of the Museum of London. This article was written for Centre For London’s London Ideas project and appears in the first edition of London Ideas magazine. On London is delighted to re-republish […]

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Richard Brown: a New London Mix can get London’s new places right

For 20 years or longer, mixed use has been an article of faith in urban planning. The best places, the argument goes, are not sterile and segregated commercial and residential districts, but those that mix […]

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Corbynism is making London’s housing problems worse

Earlier this year, shadow housing secretary John Healey produced proposals for addressing the nation’s housing problems that were described by the excellent Jules Birch at Inside Housing as “the most comprehensive plan for affordable housing […]

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Lib Peck: London boroughs must work together and with partners to tackle knife crime

Lib Peck is leader of Lambeth Council and deputy chair and executive member for crime and public protection of London Councils. This article is a slightly edited version of a speech she gave at Wednesday’s knife […]

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Grenfell Truths: the outstanding community of the Kensington Aldridge Academy

From the cold ashes of Grenfell, some heart-warming news. The Kensington Aldridge Academy (KAA), a secondary school which opened right next to Grenfell Tower in 2014, has been graded “outstanding” by Ofsted inspectors and named […]

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Brexit or no Brexit, the nation needs London to remain strong

Yesterday’s march to Parliament Square for a “people’s vote” on the government’s Brexit deal, whenever and if ever it is struck, had the national focus you would expect. Not only was it held in the heart […]

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Regenerating London: building a better city means winning more hearts and minds

Such is the allure of London protest politics for media of every type and size that the city is now routinely depicted as a place where venal politicians, rich foreigners and grasping property tycoons conspire on […]