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a tale of the new australian city: rough sleeping, real estate, and the right to the street

by David Boarder Giles and Anna Carlson   Though down on my luck, I kept up my pluck  |  Thinking justice might temper the laws.  |  But the farce has been played, and the Government aid  |  Ain’t extended to squatters, … Continue reading

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we are all trolls now: inauguration day and the crisis of political speech

inauguration day, 20 january 2017, university of washington, seattle To my right, hundreds of people herd together behind a barricade, sprawling across the western flank of Red Square. Men and women, mostly young, white, fashionable and collegiate. Aside from the … Continue reading

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sharing the city: homeless bans don’t work, but they do cost a great deal—financially, socially, and morally

February 1, 2017: Rough sleepers alongside Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station, standing their ground, calling for more public housing as they await eviction. (Photo: David Boarder Giles)   Laws prohibiting the homeless from sleeping, eating, soliciting, or, let’s face it, being … Continue reading

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dumpsters, difference, and illiberal embodiment

the politics of detritus Waste almost inevitably has a whiff of anarchy about it. Insofar as it is ejected from within a given social system according to that system’s peculiar norms, waste (or contact with it) carries within it the … Continue reading

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neutralizing homelessness, 2015: the story so far

(This essay is adapted from a panel given, along with Tim Harris, of Seattle’s Real Change street paper, and Tony Sparks, of San Francisco State University at the 2015 annual Conference on Ending Homelessness organised by the Washington Low Income … Continue reading

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ten years into seattle’s ten-year plan to end homelessness: lessons for the next ten years

Like a lot of US cities, Seattle followed a federal mandate to implement a Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness, beginning in July 2005. Now, in the tenth of its ten years, homelessness is not over. Ironically enough, it has … Continue reading

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like a picnic, only bigger, and with strangers

The squad car pulled up into the park, right onto the paving stones, and stopped eight paces from the planter. Not much of a planter, mind you. Two anaemic elms and a scrubby young Douglas fir, not so much tended … Continue reading

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