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The everyday radicalism of good housing

All the snazzy building innovation in the world can't replace what matters most: building good quality homes, with residents' needs in mind

By Jade Azim  

Being able to invest in our communities and where we live was life-changing. Photo: Prospect composite

Growing up, I lived on a council house-lined street that, because our council was so struck for cash, was decaying. With very little esteem for our homes, we felt abandoned until, one day, they asked social tenants on the road how their houses could be improved.

Consultation afforded us a voice. With a few basic, cost-efficient solutions—such as new doors, re-tiled roofs, and solar panel—it also reinvigorated the street. We had finally been…

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