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Mobilise public land to tackle London’s housing crisis

29th June 2015

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This article originally appeared in City A.M. on 29/06/2015. A starter for ten. How much of the land in the London Borough of Southwark is owned by Southwark Council? 10 per cent? 20 per cent? More? Answer: 43 per cent, including, astonishingly, 10,000 garages, most of them part of council housing estates built in the [...]

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A booming West End will be fatally undermined unless we pedestrianise Oxford Street

29th June 2015

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This article originally appeared in City A.M. on 22/06/2015. Oxford Street needs to be pedestrianised. There is a growing consensus about this among traders, transport operators, and local councils. The question is when and how. The “when” is easiest to answer. The new east-west Crossrail line starts operating through Central London in four years’ time. [...]

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City Villages on BBC Daily Politics

18th June 2015

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On Wednesday 17th June, Andrew appeared on the BBC’s Daily Politics show to discuss city villages and the potential for public land to better used to build more homes. The clip can be viewed below, or here on the BBC’s website. The IPPR report City Villages: More Homes, Better Communities edited by Andrew Adonis and [...]

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TfL could help fix London’s housing shortage as well as our trains

4th June 2015

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This article originally appeared in the Evening Standard on 04/06/2015. London Overground has been a phenomenal success since its launch in 2007. This week’s addition of the West Anglia services from Liverpool Street to Enfield Town, Cheshunt and Chingford is great news for passengers, as these commuter services too come under Transport for London control. [...]

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Time for action: Cameron must commit to London’s crucial transport and infrastructure projects

13th May 2015

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This article originally appeared in the Evening Standard on 13/05/2015. The first weeks and months of a new parliament are critical for getting major infrastructure schemes under way.  Decisions ducked in a government’s brief “honeymoon” period often become too controversial thereafter, and the lead time between decisions and the start of construction — when projects [...]

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Why do so many governments achieve so little?

11th May 2015

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These book reviews originally appeared in the New Statesman on 04/05/2015. How to Run a Government: So That Citizens Benefit and Taxpayers Don’t Go Crazy Michael Barber Allen Lane, 337pp, £16.99 Who Governs Britain? Anthony King Pelican, 331pp, £7.99 It is remarkable how little most ministers and most governments achieve. A handful of reforms are the [...]

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Don’t lead Britain out of Europe, Andrew Adonis warns Nick Clegg

27th April 2015

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This interview by Tim Wigmore originally appeared in the New Statesman.  History will “never forgive” the Liberal Democrats if they “sit on the fence or – even worse – act as a catalyst for Britain’s withdrawal from Europe,” Andrew Adonis warns in an interview with the New Statesman. The remarks came after Nick Clegg gave the [...]

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The next age of the car in London

10th April 2015

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This article originally appeared in City A.M. on 9/04/2015.  London could lead a revolution in car use and car ownership over the next decade, by divorcing the two. It may soon be unnecessary to own a car to secure the full benefits of car ownership, due to a combination of continued improvement in public transport, [...]

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Better growth, fairer chances: the case for sub-regional economic development

27th March 2015

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This article, written by Andrew Adonis and John Healey MP, originally appeared as part of the Compass pamphlet Finding our Voice: Making the 21st Century State. Better growth, fairer chances: the case for sub-regional economic development Britain needs a new kind of economy: more investment, more innovation, better jobs and more equal chances. This economy can [...]

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City villages: More homes, better communities

25th March 2015

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City villages: more homes, better communities, edited by Andrew Adonis and Bill Davies was published on 24/03/2015 by IPPR. You can download a copy of the essays here. Britain faces its greatest housing crisis since the aftermath of the second world war. Then, the private sector, proactive local authorities and central government combined to meet the [...]

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