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Municipalist France!

It is, and always has been, difficult to sum up a complex country like France in a few words. As De Gaulle once put it, “How is it possible for anyone to govern a nation that has 246 different kinds of cheese?”. At a time…

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Marseille Spring! An interview with Alima el Bajnouni

Alima el Bajnouni is Vice-President of Commonspolis and an active member of several Marseille associations working for the right to the city, including “A City Center for All” and Babalex, which promotes Citizenship through the appropriation of Law. In this interview, she shares with us…

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Limits of municipalism. What can we learn from Operación Chamartín?

When the municipalist confluence Ahora Madrid won the municipal elections in 2015, they inherited a number of large and unfinished urban development projects, initiated by previous neoliberal-leaning city councils. The most important project was Operation Chamartín, which later became known as the Madrid Nuevo Norte…

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Pandemic as the last call for radical change of local housing situation

As noted by the former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing, Leilani Farha, during a session on the COVID-19 experience, “home has rarely been more of a life or death situation”. We were already facing a major housing crisis before this pandemic. An…

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What can we learn from Latin America’s solidarity cities?

Margaret Godoy
Harald Baude

Acts of solidarity are trying to prevent migrants – especially those without or with only precarious legal status – from falling through the cracks of government responses to the COVID-19 crisis. These acts are necessary because national governments throughout Latin America have turned a blind…

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Covid-19 crisis means England’s local authorities could go bust, warn mayors

Kate Proctor

Mayors in some of England’s biggest cities are warning that local authorities are at risk of going bust with potentially devastating consequences for communities unless the government takes immediate action. As the impact of the Covid-19 crisis hits local authorities, the mayors of London, Greater…

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Local response in health emergencies: key considerations for addressing the COVID-19 pandemic in informal urban settlements

Annie Wilkinson

The potential health impacts of COVID-19 are immense in informal settlements, but if control measures are poorly executed these could also have severe negative impacts. Public health interventions must be balanced with social and economic interventions, especially in relation to the informal economy upon which…

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Homeless people mustn’t be abandoned to life on the streets again

Matt Downie

Coronavirus has exposed the true numbers of those “hidden homeless” who were sofa-surfing and dependent on the generosity of family and friends. As the UK went into lockdown, close on 15,000 people in England who had been sleeping on the streets or in crowded night…

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A municipalist response to COVID-19

Kate Shea Baird

Barcelona has been hard-hit by the pandemic, in terms of both health and the economy. But this impact hasn’t been evenly distributed across the city: the poorest residents of Barcelona have been hardest hit by the coronavirus. The city’s response to the COVID-19 has focused…

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Portland just passed the best low-density zoning reform in US history

Michael Andersen

Portland’s city council has set a new bar for North American housing reform by legalizing up to four homes on almost any residential lot. It’s the most pro-housing reform to low-density zones in US history. Portland’s new rules will also offer a “deeper affordability” option:…

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