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Two Futures for London

9th April 2014

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This lecture was originally given on the 2nd April 2014, at Level 39 of One Canada Square in Canary Wharf.   Lecture text:     Andrew Adonis ‘Two Futures for London’ Visiting Professor Lecture, Queen Mary, University of London At Canary Wharf, 2 April 2014     This is an amazing view. We look down [...]

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What I learnt from riding London’s buses

8th April 2014

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This article originally appeared in the Evening Standard on 7th April, 2014 The most exciting part of my week’s immersion on London’s buses last month — 104 routes in five days — were the night buses. It began at midnight in Shoreditch, then to Trafalgar Square, and on to Heathrow on the N9 at 4am. [...]

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BBC Radio 4 Lent Talk: Passion and Power

3rd April 2014

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  This is the text from Andrew Adonis’ Lent Talk for BBC Radio 4, aired on the 2nd April 2014 You can’t get away from politics and power in the Easter story. You’ve got an execution ordered for political reasons. You’ve got bribery, betrayal, rhetoric, desertion, satire, cynicism and a classic political jobsworth in the [...]

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London 2030: An optimist’s vision of the next urban renaissance

2nd April 2014

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This article originally appeared in City A.M. on April 2nd 2014 LONDON faces acute problems of growth. We are building barely a third as many new homes as we need. Yet there is no credible plan for the other two-thirds. In 17 boroughs, the average rent is more than half the average wage, and the [...]

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London will come to a standstill if we delay Crossrail 2

31st March 2014

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  This article originally appeared in City A.M. on 26th March 2914 LONDON will start grinding to a halt if Crossrail 2 – the proposed new north-south rail line for the capital – isn’t built by 2030. That’s why London First, the business promotion body, has recommended a firm plan for Crossrail 2, including significant [...]

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London by Bus: A reflection

25th February 2014

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This article originally appeared in The Independent on Friday 21st February There are hardly any suits, but lots of wooly hats, baseball caps, trainers and warm coats. That’s my abiding impression from a week criss-crossing London by bus, from the 38 from Angel to Victoria at 6am on Monday to the N9 from Trafalgar Square [...]

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Ed Miliband’s proposed reforms will open up Labour to all

25th February 2014

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This article originally appeared in The Observer on Saturday 22nd February 2014 In the past week, I have crisscrossed London on more than 100 buses to speak to bus users and seek views on how the capital’s transport system is coping. It was an exercise in total immersion: a refreshing, if bracing, experience that gave [...]

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London by Bus: A week on the buses

25th February 2014

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These blogs originally appeared in The Independent in the week beginning the 17th February Preparing to hit the road: Blog post 1 Buses are the poor relation of public transport. Train and Tube get the limelight, yet every day twice as many passengers ride London’s buses as the underground. The number 25 alone – through [...]

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Britain’s educational Berlin Wall: academies can make the difference

12th February 2014

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This article originally appeared in the New Statesman on 6th February 2014 David and George Kynaston (http://www.newstatesman.com/2014/01/education-private-schools-berlin-wall) describe brilliantly the reasons we are where we are. But what is to be done? The imperative is for a bold and credible reform that has a realistic prospect of achieving system-wide transformation, rather than piecemeal initiatives or utopian [...]

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The Docklands legacy can help fix London’s chronic housing crisis

12th February 2014

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This article originally appeared in City A.M. on February 12th 2014 LONDON’S housing crisis is caused largely by a chronic shortage of new homes, which is pushing the average house price in the capital north of £500,000. Only 18,000 new homes were completed last year, barely a third as many as are needed to match [...]

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