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Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing by Josh Ryan-Collins, Toby Lloyd, Laurie Macfarlane, John Muellbauer

agricultural Revolution, asset-backed security, balance sheet recession, bank run, banking crisis, barriers to entry, basic income, Bretton Woods, Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, collective bargaining, Corn Laws, correlation does not imply causation, creative destruction, credit crunch, debt deflation, deindustrialization, falling living standards, financial deregulation, financial innovation, Financial Instability Hypothesis, financial intermediation, full employment, garden city movement, George Akerlof, ghettoisation, Gini coefficient, Hernando de Soto, housing crisis, Hyman Minsky, income inequality, information asymmetry, knowledge worker, labour market flexibility, labour mobility, land reform, land tenure, land value tax, Landlord’s Game, low skilled workers, market bubble, market clearing, Martin Wolf, means of production, money market fund, mortgage debt, negative equity, Network effects, new economy, New Urbanism, Northern Rock, offshore financial centre, Pareto efficiency, place-making, price stability, profit maximization, quantitative easing, rent control, rent-seeking, Richard Florida, Right to Buy, rising living standards, risk tolerance, Second Machine Age, secular stagnation, shareholder value, the built environment, The Great Moderation, The Market for Lemons, The Spirit Level, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Thomas Malthus, transaction costs, universal basic income, urban planning, urban sprawl, working poor, working-age population

During the turbulent decades that followed, governments and other actors would make repeated attempts to reform the land economy using the growing number of tools available to democratic, developed societies. Edwardian experiments One of the most prominent figures to emerge from this period was the stenographer Sir Ebenezer Howard, who founded the influential Garden City movement in the early twentieth century (see Box 4.1). Howard’s proposal was to use the community ownership of land to provide public benefits like decent housing and a healthy environment, in perpetuity. As such, the Garden City movement was as much about economic reform to address market failure as it was about design principles. Its model of holding land in perpetuity for the benefit of the community was an explicit attempt to solve the problem of rent by capturing economic rent for the community itself. Box 4.1 Sir Ebenezer Howard’s garden cities In the 1880s Sir Ebenezer Howard became deeply concerned about the deteriorating conditions in large cities due to the rapid influx of large numbers of people.

Thirdly, there was the emergence of cooperative, mutual, self-organised housing provision in the form of building societies from 1775 and building clubs from the early 1800s, which provided mutual help with the financing and construction of houses respectively. Later, other forms emerged, such as the tenant co-partnership model in 1904; co-ownership in the 1960s; shared ownership co-ops in the 1970s (Birchall, 2014); and Community Land Trusts today (see Chapter 7). Although the contribution of cooperative housing to the UK housing system has never been widely acknowledged, it has been influential among movements for urban reform, including the Garden City movement, which sought to combine new design principles with cooperative and mutual traditions (see Box 4.1) (Rowlands, 2009), and the housing association movement that has largely replaced local councils in providing social housing (see below). Finally, there is also a long, and often supressed, history of self-organising land use – from the common lands of the feudal era through to the ‘plotlands’ movement of working class self-builders that thrived up until the Second World War.

Addison Act (1919), 78 adverse selection, 127 affordable housing: capital grants, 34; housing investment bank proposal, 209–10; need for public investment, 222–3; planning permission conditionalities, 33, 93–6, 216; public corporations’ investment levels, 220–1; see also social housing age, and net property wealth, 181–2, 181 agricultural land, 9, 61, 68, 69, 122–3 agricultural tariffs, 43 agriculture: common agricultural policy, 33, 122–3; increase in productivity, 68 Alliance and Leicester, 139 Aquinas, Thomas, 16 Arkwright, Richard, 71 armed forces, demobilisation, 78, 79 Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA), 134 Assured Shorthold Tenancy, 89 Australia: house price to income ratio, 112, 114; land value taxes, 204–5; mortgage market structure, 156 Bank of England, 210 banks/banking: alternatives to bank debt financing, 211–12; business relationship banking, 208–9; credit and money creation, 115, 206–7; housing investment bank proposal, 209–10; incentives for non-property lending, 206–8; income from mortgage interest, 61; international regulation, 135; land as lending collateral, 7, 55, 127–8; land-related credit creation, 8, 114–19, 190–1, 222; lending by industry sector, 118–19, 118; lending relative to GDP, 117–18, 117; leverage, 184; macroprudential policy, 206; minimum deposit requirements (corset controls), 132, 155; money supply, 115; regulating property-related credit, 154–5; securitisation, 135–42, 156–7, 156; structural reform recommendations, 208–9; wholesale money markets, 131, 139 Basel Accord (Basel I), 135 basements, 57, 57n16 Bath, 71 Belgium, mortgage market structure, 156 Bradford and Bingley, 139 Bretton Woods system, 83 Brighton, 71 building societies: demutualisation, 134–5, 136; effect of mortgage funding deregulation, 132–3; emergence, 72, 128; favourable tax regime, 132; history, 129; interest rate cartel, 130, 132; mergers and acquisitions, 136; mortgage funding arrangements, 131; stability, 129–30, 132, 158 Building Societies Act (1986), 133 buy-to-let (BTL): increase, 7, 184; mortgages, 122, 134; overseas investors, 100, 160; tax relief, 62, 86, 160 Cadbury, George, 71 Canada, mortgage market structure, 156 capital: conflated with land, 48–52, 62; definition, 37–8; differences between land and capital, 51–7; differences between wealth and capital, 170–1; factor in production, 37–8 capital gains tax: for buy-to-let landlords, 62; definition, 85–6; exemption for primary residencies, 85–6, 104, 202 capital goods depreciation, 52–3 capital investment, 56 Capital Markets Union (CMU), 141 capitalism: Golden Age, 83; land as private property, 36; Primitive Accumulation concept, 18 Cerberus Capital Management, 136, 137 cholera, 70, 73 Churchill, Winston, 76–7, 189 Clark, John Bates, 48–51, 57–9 classical economics, 17, 38, 45, 48, 70 co-ownership housing, 72, 86 coal industry, 69 collateral: commercial real estate, 148; land as, 7, 20–1, 127–8, 160; see also home equity withdrawal collectivisation, 43 commercial real estate (CRE), 148–50; bank lending, 118–19, 118, 130, 148; credit bubbles and crises, 111, 148–9; data sets, 63; effect of UK vote to leave EU, 150; foreign investment, 149; investment returns, 148, 149–50; and Japanese crisis, 151–3; rating lists, 202; time-limited leases, 214 common agricultural policy, 33, 122–3 communications technology, 9 Community Land Trusts, 72, 198–9, 214, 221 commuting, 27 Competition, Credit and Control Act (1971), 130 compulsory purchase: ‘hope value’ court judgments, 88; housing construction, 80–1; infrastructure projects, 31, 73, 196–7, 222 conservation areas, 32 construction industry see housing construction industry consumption: affected by house deposit saving, 145; and asset-based wealth, 123–4; consumption-to-income ratio trends, 143–4, 144; equity release and consumer demand, 145–7, 146; and house prices, 147; and inequality, 185–7 cooperative housing, 72, 215 Corn Laws, 43, 69–70 corporate income tax, 168–9 council tax, 104, 201, 202 credit conditions index, 143–4, 144 credit controls, 132 credit liberalisation, 144 Crown Estate, 19, 31 Darrow, Charles, 47 de Soto, Hernando, 21 debt, public sector debt, 219–21 debt-to-income ratio, 115–16, 116, 139, 159, 186 defaults, mortgage lending, 141 deindustrialisation, 168 Denmark: land value taxes, 204; size of new-builds, 97 developing economies, and private property, 21–2 development charge, 82 digital economy, 9 Eastern Europe, serfdom, 23–4 Eccles, Marriner, 186–7 economic growth: dependence on land values, 190–1; and homeownership, 21–2 economic modelling, 50–1, 155, 218 economic rent: Crown Estate, 31; determined by collective rather than individual investment, 40; financial sector, 44, 184; infrastructure projects, 194–5, 196–7; and land, 39–44, 56–7; and land taxes, 34–5, 45–8, 76–7, 199, 222; and landownership, 10–13, 25; oil sector, 44; urban areas, 41–2, 73–4 economic theory: landownership, 16–18; marginal productivity theory, 49–50, 51, 56, 57–9, 165–7; shortcomings, 64–5, 191–2, 217; teaching reform proposals, 218 Edinburgh New Town, 66, 71, 80 eminent domain theory, 16 Enlightenment, 16 equity release see home equity withdrawal European Investment Bank, 210 European Union: Capital Markets Union (CMU), 141; common agricultural policy, 33, 122–3; full-recourse mortgage loans, 141–2; government debt, 220; UK decision to leave, 150, 160 Eurostat, 64, 219 factory workers, accommodation, 71 feudal system, 18, 19, 32 financial crisis (2007-8): causes, 153–4, 159–60, 186–7; effect on mortgages, 100; and house and land prices, 101, 140; Northern Rock, 136–7; payment defaults, 123; UK banking collapse, 139–40 financial instability, 152–3, 154–5, 185–7 Financial Policy Committee, 155, 206 financial sector: economic rent, 44, 184; profitability, 184; reform proposals, 205–12; see also banks/banking financialisation, 120; declining wage share in national income, 169; land, 14, 110–12; land and property, 160 First World War, 77 Fisher, Irving, 152 Florida, credit-driven bubbles, 111 foreign exchange controls, 132 France: feudal system, 32; Livrét A accounts, 210; mortgage market structure, 156; private tenancy, 32; residential property wealth, 9, 10 French Physiocrats, 38 Friedman, Milton, 87 Garden City movement, 72, 75–6 GDP: and bank lending by sector, 118–19, 118; and declining wage share, 169; and domestic mortgage lending, 118, 156–8, 156; and home equity withdrawal, 146; and household debt, 151; and outstanding credit loans, 117; and property wealth, 9–10, 10 George, Henry, 12, 25, 34, 45, 58, 60–1, 76, 87, 199; Progress and Poverty, 40–1, 46–7 Germany: business relationship banking, 208–9; credit controls, 207; economic success and low homeownership, 215; house price to income ratio, 112, 114; mortgage market structure and homeownership, 156, 157–8; private tenancy, 32 Gini coefficient, 163, 177, 178 globalisation, 167–8, 169 Great Depression, 186–7 Great Moderation, 154, 191 Grotius, Hugo, 16 Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS), 139 health problems, and inequality, 185 help-to-buy schemes, 122 Henry VIII, King, 20 high-rise buildings, 57 Hill, Octavia, 71 home equity withdrawal: contribution to consumer demand, 145–7, 146; and financial crisis, 187; and living standards, 180; and mortgage market structure, 156–7, 156; to finance consumer goods, 127, 133 homeownership: benefits, 101; difficulties in saving for, rent trap, 106; downward trend, 83, 103, 178; as financial asset, 63; housing costs, 179; increased unemployment and reduced labour mobility, 27–8, 215; interwar growth, 78; investment opportunity, 92; low-supply equilibrium, 102; and mortgage market structure, 156–8, 156; mutual co-ownership, 86; political and electoral dominance, 24–5, 92; Right to Buy policy, 89, 90–1, 103; rise in 1970s/80s, 86; second homes, 160; trends, 106–7, 107 Hong Kong, Mass Transit Railway, 195 house building see housing construction industry house prices: boom and bust, 88, 99; and consumer demand, 147; and credit availability, 116–18; financial crisis collapse, 140; and growing inequality, 177–8; house price-credit feedback cycle, 119–24; increase with buy-to-let mortgages, 134; low-supply equilibrium, 102; negative equity, 123, 133–4; price-to-income ratios, 99, 100, 112–14, 114, 139, 183, 183; and real disposable income, 115–16, 116; replacement cost vs market price, 6; rise due to insufficient supply, 63; volatility, 8, 8, 112–14, 114; volatility reduced by land taxes, 200 Housing Act (1924), 78 Housing Act (1980), 89 Housing Act (1988), 89 housing associations, 72, 82, 83, 93 housing benefit, 34, 96, 106 housing construction industry: barriers to entry, 97; building clubs, 72; compulsory land purchase, 80–1; concentration, 96–7; costs, 8, 95; development charge, 82; effect of financial crisis, 101; land banks (with planning permission), 96–7, 101; peak, 82; poor design quality, 97; private house building, 78; size trends, 97; speculative house building, 93, 94–5, 96; trends, 82–5, 82, 83 housing costs: by tenure type, 179; and inequality, 179–80 housing demand, 63, 114 Housing, Town Planning, &c.

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Underground, Overground by Andrew Martin


bank run, congestion charging, garden city movement, Plutocrats, plutocrats, traveling salesman, V2 rocket

They were written with a strangulated lyricism. Metroland was a ‘verdant realm’ set on ‘gentle, flower-decked downs’; houses were ‘homesteads’ (and they were set on ‘estates’, at least until the London County Council began to build its own ‘estates’ for London’s poor, thus giving the word a downmarket association). The houses in the booklets were shown with large gardens, demonstrating the influence of the turn-of-the-century Garden City Movement. The railway, with its ‘fast and luxurious electric trains’, was somewhere distant on the horizon, whereas the vibrations of the trains had cracked Mr Pooter’s garden wall in his earlier, more central suburb of Holloway. Actually, most of the Metroland houses were cheap semis, costing about £400 (£20,000 in today’s money), but they offered a new way of living: owner occupation. This was promoted by the Conservative government from 1923 – by means of a subsidy to builders and tax breaks for building societies – in order to meet a housing shortage and alleviate economic depression.

She counteracted the development of Golders Green by raising funds to buy 80 acres of land to the east of the proposed station, and here the Hampstead Heath Extension was created. On a further 250 acres of land she founded Hampstead Garden Suburb, the rationale being that if the countryside of north London were to be developed, then it would be developed in the right way. ‘The Suburb’, as it is known to its residents, was a spin-off from the Garden City movement. It was meant to provide homes for all classes – a vision most emphatically not fulfilled, as anyone who tried to open, say, a pub within its boundaries would quickly discover. The Arts and Crafts houses, divided by hedges and not walls, are populated exclusively by the upper middle classes. It was an anti-Underground development, and indeed most of its houses are a long walk from Golders Green tube station.

Hamilton 104 Embankment District Line 61 Northern Line xii, 133, 178–9, 220, 221 see also Charing Cross Engel, Matthew 15 England’s Hour (Brittain) 232–3 English Heritage 92 Epping 76, 201, 209 Epping-Ongar shuttle 150, 208–10 Epstein, Jacob 188–9 escalators xiv–xv, 142, 217–19, 246, 261 Essex Road 122 Euston (railway station) 13, 23 Euston (Underground station) Northern Line 108, 177, 220, 236–7 Victoria Line 236–7 Euston Road (station) see Warren Street Euston Road (street) 1–2, 17, 42 see also New Road Euston Square 36 Evening Standard xv, 238 Extension Railway, The 51, 52 F Fairlop 208, 256 Fares Fair 243–4, 245 Farringdon Crossrail 255 Fleet pipe 29, 30 Metropolitan Railway 1, 10, 22, 26, 34–5, 52 Farringdon Road 21 Feltz, Vanessa 177 Fenchurch Street 13 Fennell Report 246 Finchley Central 202, 203 Finchley Road 5, 51, 75, 173 Finsbury Park Aldwych Shuttle 151–2 Big Tube 121, 122, 123–4, 125 Great Northern 182 Great Northern & Strand Railway 122, 130, 150 LNER line 205, 206 Piccadilly Line 5, 122, 123–4, 144 Victoria Line 5, 123–4, 234 fire 246 First Capital Connect 125, 183 First World War 152, 224 Fitzroy, Caroline 83 fleas 228 Fleet River 29–31 Fleet Valley 21, 27 Forbes, James Staats 56, 62, 64 Ford, Ford Madox 135 four-rail electrification 103, 135–6 Fowler, John 31, 42 Fowler’s Ghost 42 Franch, John 126, 143 Freud, Bella 259 Frosterus, Sigurd 111 Fulham 80–1 Fulham Railway Bridge 81 G Gallop, Alan 60 Gants Hill xii–xiii, 207–8 Garden City Movement 169, 176 gardens Chesham 77 Edgware Road 69–70 Garfield, Simon 160 Garland, Ken 200, 201, 203 gas lights 37–8 gatemen 147, 210 gauge 33 Gawley, Marc 268 Gentle Gunman, The 153 ghost stations 263–4 ghosts 261, 263 Gibb, Sir George 148, 149–50, 156 Gibson Square 237 Gill, Eric 188 Gillespie Road see Arsenal Ginger, Lee 204 Gissing, George 40 Gladstone, Mrs 31 Gladstone, William 31, 33, 34 Glasgow 2 Gloucester Road 57, 62 gnomes 69–70 Golders Green 133, 144, 148, 175–7, 178, 179 Gooch, Sir Daniel 42 Goodge Street 147, 230 Gower Street 36 see also Euston Square Grand Central Hotel 75, 78 Graves, Charles 226 Great Central Railway 75 Great Eastern Railway 13, 47, 90, 256 Great Northern & City Railway 105, 120–5, 130, 158, 159, 182, 191, 206 Great Northern & Strand Railway 122, 130, 133, 150 Great Northern Piccadilly and Brompton Railway (GNP & B) 130, 150–1 see also Brompton & Piccadilly Circus Railway; Piccadilly Line Great Northern Railway 25, 42, 75, 158 Big Tube 121–2, 123, 130 Edgware 178 Finsbury Park 121, 122, 150, 182 and Metropolitan Railway 26, 52, 56 Great Portland Street 36 Great Western Railway 14, 26, 33, 42, 43, 49, 207 Greater London Authority 251–2 Greater London Council (GLC) 166, 241, 242, 243–4 abolition 245 creation 239 Jubilee Line 240 see also London County Council Greathead, James Henry 95, 98, 100, 115, 116, 121, 141 tunnelling shield 95, 99, 115 Green, Hughie 172 Green, Leslie 6, 145–7 Green, Oliver 187, 208 Green Belt 8, 149, 206, 209, 221–2 Green Belt (London and Home Counties) Act 1938 222 Green Park 231, 247 Grigsby, Emilie Busbey 128 Grossmith, George and Weedon 167 Grosvenor Gallery Power Station 83, 84 guards xiv, 210–11 Gunnersbury 80 H Hackney 274 hackney carriages 18 Hainault 208 Hale, George Ellery 142 Halliday, Stephen 132, 142, 156, 169, 224, 261 Hammersmith 50 Circle Line 68 District Line 79 Piccadilly Line 133, 144, 182 Hammersmith & City Line 28, 49–50, 79 Baker Street 37 and Circle Line 68 Edgware Road 68 Paddington 37 Wood Lane and White City 119, 120 Hammersmith & City Railway 49 Hampstead 148, 178 Hampstead Garden Suburb 176, 177 Hampstead Heath 129, 133, 176 Hampstead Road 264–5 Hampstead Tube see Charing Cross, Euston & Hampstead Railway Hancock, Tony 257 Hardy, Brian 220 Hardy, Thomas 55 Harris, Bumper 217, 261 Harrods 82, 83 Harrow 72 Harrow & Wealdstone 168 Hassall, John 161–2 Hay, William Delisle 97 Heap, D. 11 Heart of London, The (Dickens) 242 Heathrow 184, 274 Hendon 179 Henry VIII Hotel 58 Hertford 183 Hibbert, Christopher 82 High Barnet 9, 205, 206 High Holborn 114 ‘High Road’ (Betjeman) 174 High Street Kensington 57, 62 High Wages (Whipple) 1, 2 Highbury 235 Highbury & Islington 120, 122 Highgate xii, 144, 147, 148, 205, 206 see also Archway History of London Transport, A (Barker and Robbins) 20–1, 85, 101, 127, 128, 132 Holborn 150, 151, 152, 263 Holborn Viaduct 21, 55, 56 Holden, Charles 184, 186, 247, 255 55 Broadway 188–9 Arnos Grove 183, 184 Central Line stations 207 Northern Line stations 179, 186–7 Piccadilly Circus 187–8 Piccadilly Line stations 189–90 Hole in the Wall, The 39 Holland Park 116 Holloway Road 130 Holmes, Sherlock 38, 63, 75, 247 Hopkins, Anthony 259 Hornbys 33 Horne, M.

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Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are Thekeys to Sustainability by David Owen


A Pattern Language, active transport: walking or cycling, big-box store, Buckminster Fuller, car-free, carbon footprint, clean water, congestion charging, delayed gratification, distributed generation, drive until you qualify, East Village, food miles, garden city movement, hydrogen economy, invisible hand, Jane Jacobs, linear programming, McMansion, Murano, Venice glass, Negawatt, New Urbanism, off grid, oil shale / tar sands, peak oil, placebo effect, Stewart Brand, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Thomas L Friedman, unemployed young men, urban planning, urban sprawl, walkable city, zero-sum game

In 1847, a Scottish visitor to England concisely summarized the dark side of that country’s industrial progress, when he described the Irwell River as it flowed out of Manchester: “There are myriads of dirty things given it to wash, and whole waggon-loads of poisons from dye-houses and bleach-yards thrown into it to carry away; steam-boilers discharge into it their seething contents, and drains and sewers their fetid impurities; till at length it rolls on—here between tall dingy walls, there under precipices of red sandstone—considerably less a river than a flood of liquid manure, in which all life dies, whether animal or vegetable, and which resembles nothing in nature, except, perhaps, the stream thrown out in eruption by some mud-volcano.” 29 The proposed solution was to reverse the direction of human migration—in effect, to create sprawl. In 1898, Ebenezer Howard, a British urban planner and the originator of the open-space-oriented development scheme known as the garden city movement, wrote, “It is wellnigh universally agreed by men of all parties, not only in England, but all over Europe and America and our colonies, that it is deeply to be deplored that people should continue to stream into the already over-crowded cities, and should thus further deplete the country districts.” Howard, in support of this idea, quoted the cleric Frederic William Farrar, who had described large cities as “the graves of the physique of our race.”

See carbon emissions; specific issues Environmental Design & Construction environmental movement anti-city bias distributed electricity generation scheme Kyoto Protocol locavorism misguided focus opposition to large-scale initiatives product marketing rationalization of wasteful practices recycling emphasis scientific proposals Sierra Club sustainability concept EROEI (energy returned on energy invested) ethanol Europe economic collapse energy efficiency of old cities garden city movement industrialization shared-space traffic calming exurban areas. See suburbs and nonurban areas “Facing the Freshwater Crisis” (Rogers) Farr, Douglas Farrar, Frederic William Fast Company Feigon, Sharon “Fenestration Heat Loss Facts” (National Fenestration Rating Council) Fenichell, Stephen financial issues. See economics Fletcher, June food crops. See agricultural products Ford, Henry Fortwo automobile (Daimler AG) fossil fuels.

See agricultural products Ford, Henry Fortwo automobile (Daimler AG) fossil fuels. See also coal; natural gas; oil as basis of modern life carbon-based alternatives to oil economic viability of low-grade fuels from as multipliers of human labor origin of 4 Times Square (Condé Nast Building) Fowle, Bruce Frank, Lawrence Freakonomics (Levitt and Dubner) Friedman, Thomas L. fuel-cell technology and hydrogen power Gap Inc. building garden city movement gasoline cheapness of consumption rates prices, emotional responses to prices, public transit usage and taxes General Motors Germany Girardet, Herbert Gissen, David Giuliani, Rudolph glass, in building construction Gnaizda, Robert Goodstein, David Gordon Strong Automobile Objective Great Pacific Garbage Patch green architecture. See architecture; LEED (Leadership in Energy Efficient Design) Green Building Initiative Green Globes building rating system green movement.

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Britain Etc by Mark Easton


agricultural Revolution, Albert Einstein, British Empire, credit crunch, financial independence, garden city movement, global village, Howard Rheingold, income inequality, intangible asset, James Watt: steam engine, knowledge economy, knowledge worker, low skilled workers, mass immigration, moral panic, Ronald Reagan, science of happiness, sexual politics, Silicon Valley, Simon Kuznets, Slavoj Žižek, social software

The invention of the mower had seen the lawn escape over the high hedges of England’s great estates and into the gardens of a million humble suburban homes. Urban planners had become convinced of the need for green spaces and municipal authorities vied to recruit the finest lawn-makers for their locality. The last decade of the nineteenth century saw a thousand acres of town gardens and ornamental grounds open in London alone. The Garden City movement of Ebenezer Howard revisited some of Loudon’s ideas, creating new towns built around concentric circles of green. The National Trust was born, with a mission to protect ‘the public interest in open spaces’. The trust would go on to care for more than 600,000 acres of land ‘for the benefit of the nation’. It appeared the long and bloody fight for the right of all to walk upon the green grass had been won.

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Utopias: A Brief History From Ancient Writings to Virtual Communities by Howard P. Segal


1960s counterculture, British Empire, Buckminster Fuller, complexity theory, David Brooks, death of newspapers, dematerialisation, deskilling, energy security, European colonialism, Francis Fukuyama: the end of history, full employment, future of journalism, garden city movement, germ theory of disease, Golden Gate Park, invention of the printing press, Isaac Newton, Jeff Bezos, John Markoff, John von Neumann, knowledge economy, liberation theology, Louis Pasteur, Mark Zuckerberg, mass immigration, means of production, Nicholas Carr, Nikolai Kondratiev, out of africa, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ray Kurzweil, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, Skype, stem cell, Stephen Hawking, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Stewart Brand, technoutopianism, Thomas Malthus, Thorstein Veblen, transcontinental railway, traveling salesman, union organizing, urban planning, War on Poverty, Whole Earth Catalog

Beside the Shakers, few other utopian communities created even a second site. Outside the United States and Europe, utopian communities persist, as they have for centuries—as with, for instance, Buddhist monasteries and their Hindu equivalents in China, India, Japan, and Southeast Asia. There are also various secular utopian communities in these nations and regions, such as those influenced in Japan by both Robert Owen and the Garden City movement. Some of these Asian communities have also sprung up in the West and have often been characterized, whether positively or negatively, as cults—most famously the Hare Krishnas, officially known as the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Their dancing and chanting in colorful garb in cities have become familiar sights.18 Israeli Kibbutzim Paradoxically, high tech has at once helped to save and helped to undermine the small Israeli communal societies called the kibbutzim.

Buckminster 14, 245–249 influence 195–196, 207 and “limits of growth” 237–238 sense of social responsibility 163 as visionary 162 Fuller Archives 245–246 see also Utopia or Oblivion Fulton, Robert 142 Funding for science and technology 121–122 Future and its Enemies, The (Postrel) 164 “Future of Land Grant Universities, The” 207 future of print 217–222 online readerships 219 Future Shock (Toffler) 118, 163–164, 236 Galbraith, John Kenneth 12, 101, 109, 122, 161 Gandhi, Mohandas (Mahatma) 173 Garden City movement 196 Garden of Eden 47, 243 Gates, Bill 157–158, 161, 163, 186, 201 philanthropy 247 Gates, Melinda 163 Geddes, Norman Bel 34, 35 geeks, image of 201 General Electric 167 genetic engineering 121, 124, 159, 187 genetic modification of animals 125–126 genetic testing 126 Genius of American Politics, The (Boorstin) 101 geodesic dome 195–196, 246–247 George Lucas Educational Foundation 204–205 George, Henry 82 German Ideology The (Marx/ Engels) 66–67 Germany 38, 79 Nazi Germany 104, 244 and nuclear power 152 Gernsback, Hugo 9 Ghost Busters 202 Gilbert, Daniel 124–125 Gillette, King Camp 90 Gilman, Charlotte Perkins 92 Gimpel, Jean 236–237 Gingrich, Newt 118, 189 Giving Up the Gun: Japan’s Reversion to the Sword, 1543–1879 (Perrin) 234–235 global citizenship, visions of 252, 253 God is Back (Micklethwait and Wooldridge) 11 Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco 34 Google 158, 193, 205 Gore, Vice-President Al 119, 189 Great Delusion, The (Stoll) 79 Great Depression, 1930s 9, 83, 96, 102, 109 Great Famine, China 19 Great Society 159 Index 275 Greater East Asian Japanese colonialist movement 21 “Green Globe, The” 242 Griffith, Mary 78, 81, 90, 91 Guernica 35, 252 Gulliver’s Travels (Swift) 200 Gutenberg, Johann 190 Hammersley, Ben 218 Hardwicke, Cedric 240, 241 Hare Krishnas (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) 196 Harrington, Michael 101 Hawai’i Research Center for Futures Studies 250 Hawking, Professor Stephen 202 Hawthorne, Nathaniel 25, 130 Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife (Miller) 12 Heinlein, Robert 9 Hemingway, Ernest 90 Henry VIII, King 48 Herf, Jeffrey 104 Herland (Gilman) 92 Hesiod 47 Hewlett, William 158 Hewlett-Packard 158, 192 higher education–military research nexus 115 Higher Learning in America, The (Veblen) 216 high-tech: advances 2 and cyberspace 192, 253, 255 and education 203, 209, 211–213, 214 India 172 industry 110,121,158,163,198 Kellogg Commission and 211–213, 214, 215, 216–217 and military 238 negative aspects 121, 217, 243 276 Index research 115, 121 and techno-fixes 211 and techno-mania 187 utopias and utopianism 1, 16, 159, 162, 163, 164, 165–168, 186, 207–208 zealots and 188–189 see also cyberspace Hilton, James 13 Hinduism 171 hippies at Golden Gate Park 248 history: nature of 19, 51 distortion of 84 persistence of 163–164 prophets’ ignoring of 163, 166, 188–193 Hitler, Adolf 243, 244 Ho Chi Minh trail 105 Ho, Koon-ki 17 Homeland Security Science and Technology Stakeholders 253–254 Honey, I Blew Up the Kid 202 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids 202 Hoover, President Herbert 88, 102, 110 Horace 47–48 Howe, Irving 253 Hubble space telescope 121 human behavior 123, 125 Human Genome Project 124 human rights 23, 39 suppression of 168 utopias and 253 human satisfaction 240 Huxley, Aldous 123, 164, 166 Huxley, T.

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Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia by Anthony M. Townsend


1960s counterculture, 4chan, A Pattern Language, Airbnb, Amazon Web Services, anti-communist, Apple II, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Burning Man, business process, call centre, carbon footprint, charter city, chief data officer, clean water, cleantech, cloud computing, computer age, congestion charging, connected car, crack epidemic, crowdsourcing, DARPA: Urban Challenge, data acquisition, Deng Xiaoping, digital map, Donald Davies, East Village, Edward Glaeser, game design, garden city movement, Geoffrey West, Santa Fe Institute, George Gilder, ghettoisation, global supply chain, Grace Hopper, Haight Ashbury, Hedy Lamarr / George Antheil, hive mind, Howard Rheingold, interchangeable parts, Internet Archive, Internet of things, Jacquard loom, Jacquard loom, Jane Jacobs, jitney, John Snow's cholera map, Khan Academy, Kibera, knowledge worker, load shedding, M-Pesa, Mark Zuckerberg, megacity, mobile money, mutually assured destruction, new economy, New Urbanism, Norbert Wiener, Occupy movement, off grid, openstreetmap, packet switching, Parag Khanna, patent troll, Pearl River Delta, place-making, planetary scale, popular electronics, RFC: Request For Comment, RFID, ride hailing / ride sharing, Robert Gordon, self-driving car, sharing economy, Silicon Valley, Skype, smart cities, Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia, smart grid, smart meter, social graph, social software, social web, special economic zone, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Stuxnet, supply-chain management, technoutopianism, Ted Kaczynski, telepresence, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, too big to fail, trade route, Tyler Cowen: Great Stagnation, Upton Sinclair, uranium enrichment, urban decay, urban planning, urban renewal, Vannevar Bush, working poor, working-age population, X Prize, Y2K, zero day, Zipcar

As they descended from the roof, they passed through a succession of chambers that portrayed the city situated at ever-larger scales—within Scotland, within Europe, and in the world—a Victorian precursor of sorts to Rio de Janeiro’s digital dashboard. The building doubled as a repository for the vast archive of information Geddes had gathered about the region, which he intended visitors to experience in its entirety. Upon reaching the ground floor, visitors were ushered out the door into the real city itself. The Garden City movement spread quickly in the early decades of the twentieth century, its principles inspiring copycat designs around the world. But while Geddes would go on to create several city master plans himself, including Tel Aviv and dozens of Indian cities and towns, it was Howard’s precise physical program that attracted the most attention, from fans and critics alike. Jane Jacobs excoriated Howard in Death and Life of Great American Cities, published in 1961, arguing that “He conceived of good planning as a series of static acts; in each case the plan must anticipate all that is needed. . . .

., 61–62 Flood, Joe, 212 FootPath, 271–72 “forever day” vulnerabilities, 268 Forio, 83 Forrester, 2 Forrester, Jay, 76–78, 81–82, 84–85 Foundation (Asimov), 74–75, 88 Foursquare, 144–52, 319 Dodgeball compared with, 148–49 Franken, Al, 14 Frankfurt, 38 Frazer, John and Julia, 21–22 Freedom of Information Act, 296 Frenchman, Dennis, 219 Friendster, 122–23 From Warfare to Welfare: Defense Intellectuals and Urban Problems in Cold War America (Light), 78–79 G8 group of industrialized nations, 279 Gale International, 27–28, 49 Garaufis, Nicholas, 275 Garden Cities of To-Morrow (Howard), 94–95 Garden City Movement, 94–98, 107 g-cloud, 170, 289 Geddes, Patrick, 96–98, 105–6, 113–14, 235–36, 282–83, 302–3 Gelernter, David, 69–73, 89–91, 283, 298 General Electric, 8, 34, 38, 77 General Motors, 7, 18, 47, 95, 101 General Transit Feed Specification, 204 “Generator,” 21–22 as celebration of “messy human scale,” 28 Geraci, John, 154–59, 165, 202 Germany, 244 Gerstner, Louis, Jr., 62 Gettys, Jim, 266 Gibson, William, 119 GigaOM, 38 Gig.U, 289 Gilbertson, Nate, 159 Gilder, George, 6 Gilliam, Terry, 258 Gilman, Howard, 20–21 Giuliani, Rudolph “Rudy,” 205 Glaeser, Ed, 159–60, 278 GLONASS, 265 Goldman, Greg, 194–98 Goldsmith, Stephen, 205–7 Goldstein, Brett, 211 GOODBUILDINGS, 229 Google, 125, 134, 146, 157–58, 242, 272 Flu Trends of, 157 self-driving car of, 317–18 Google Maps, 200 Gordon, Robert, 280 Gottmann, Jean, 160–61 “Gov 2.0,” 237–38, 241 Gowalla, 146–47 GPS, 68, 163, 186–87, 207, 265, 272, 306 headset for blind using, 244 Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, 226–28, 230 Greenfield, Adam, 113, 303 Greenhill, Andrew, 237–38 Green Metropolis (Owen), 278 Greenwich Village, 102–4 Grossman, Nick, 158–59 Haamer, Veljo, 133–34 hackers, 119–26, 145, 153, 158, 227–30, 292, 301, 320 for open-source and free-wireless, 223 of the smart city, 227 Hagen, Erica, 186, 188 Hahn, Jury, 301–2 Hamas, 233, 273 Harrelson, Chris, 204 Harris, Josh, 121 Harrison, Colin, 64–65, 68, 69, 72, 84–85, 88, 269, 299 Harvey, Adam, 14 Haselmayer, Sascha, 243–48 HBO, 132 Hebbert, Frank, 307 Heeks, Richard, 175–76, 180, 188, 192 Heiferman, Scott, 159 Heisenberg, Werner, 88 Herron, Ron, 20 Hickenlooper, John, 206 Hills Are Evil!

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The New Economics: A Bigger Picture by David Boyle, Andrew Simms


Asian financial crisis, back-to-the-land, banking crisis, Bernie Madoff, Big bang: deregulation of the City of London, Bonfire of the Vanities, Bretton Woods, capital controls, carbon footprint, clean water, collateralized debt obligation, colonial rule, Community Supported Agriculture, congestion charging, corporate raider, corporate social responsibility, credit crunch, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, delayed gratification, deskilling,, energy transition, financial deregulation, financial exclusion, financial innovation, full employment, garden city movement, happiness index / gross national happiness, if you build it, they will come, income inequality, informal economy, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Jane Jacobs, land reform, light touch regulation, loss aversion, mega-rich, microcredit, Mikhail Gorbachev, mortgage debt, neoliberal agenda, new economy, North Sea oil, Northern Rock, offshore financial centre, oil shock, peak oil, pensions crisis, profit motive, purchasing power parity, quantitative easing, Ronald Reagan, seigniorage, Simon Kuznets, sovereign wealth fund, special drawing rights, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Thomas L Friedman, too big to fail, trickle-down economics, Vilfredo Pareto, Washington Consensus, wealth creators, working-age population

BizFizz has a proven record of increasing business start-up and survival, but also increases the confidence and sense of self-reliance among the community as a whole. Community finance Community development finance plays a vital role in the UK to address financial exclusion and underinvestment in disadvantaged areas through provision of finance 174 THE NEW ECONOMICS and money advice to individuals and enterprises. nef was instrumental in setting up the Social Investment Task Force, and introducing the idea of Community Investment Tax Relief, helped found the Community Development Finance Association, incubated the London Rebuilding Society, and is a founding partner in the Adventure Capital Fund, as well as of the European Microfinance Network. nef was involved in researching and assisting in the development of seven community banking partnerships in England and Wales, which partner credit unions, community development finance institutions and money advice agencies in the co-delivery of community finance services to low and moderate income households. Community land trusts Land trusts were developed at the Institute of Community Economics as a way of dividing the property, which can be owned outright, from the land it stands on, which is owned by a trust. This keeps property prices down and provides greater control over local land use. By separating the land costs from the building costs, community land trusts can reduce the cost of housing by half. They trace their roots to the cooperative land reform efforts of Robert Owen, the Chartists, John Ruskin and the garden cities movement, but the model was forgotten. nef worked with Community Finance Solutions at the University of Salford to lead research to help reintroduce community land trusts to England and Wales. nef has also developed with CDS Cooperatives a new model called Mutual Homeownership. Community reinvestment Banks have a moral obligation – and in the USA this is a legal obligation – to lend money in places they are prepared to accept deposits from.

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Emergence by Steven Johnson

A Pattern Language, agricultural Revolution, Brewster Kahle, British Empire, Claude Shannon: information theory, complexity theory, Danny Hillis, Douglas Hofstadter, edge city, epigenetics, game design, garden city movement, Gödel, Escher, Bach, hive mind, Howard Rheingold, hypertext link, invisible hand, Jane Jacobs, Kevin Kelly, late capitalism, Marshall McLuhan, mass immigration, Menlo Park, Murano, Venice glass, Naomi Klein, new economy, New Urbanism, Norbert Wiener, pattern recognition, pez dispenser, phenotype, Potemkin village, price mechanism, profit motive, Ray Kurzweil, slashdot, Socratic dialogue, stakhanovite, Steven Pinker, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, theory of mind, Thomas Kuhn: the structure of scientific revolutions, traveling salesman, trickle-down economics, Turing machine, Turing test, urban planning, urban renewal, Vannevar Bush

Cities with populations in the millions simply put too much stress on the natural homeostatic tendencies of human collectives. In The City in History, published around the same period, Mumford had looked back at the Greek city-states, and their penchant for founding new units once the original community reached a certain size—the urban equivalent of reproducing by spores. His attachment to Ebenezer Howard also stemmed from the same lack of confidence in metropolitan self-regulation: the Garden City movement—not entirely unlike the New Urbanist movement of today—was an attempt to provide the energy and dynamism of city life in smaller doses. The Italian hill towns of the Renaissance had achieved an ideal mix of density and diversity while keeping their overall population within reasonable bounds (reined in largely by the walls that surrounded them). These were street-centric spaces with a vibrant public culture, but they remained knowable communities too: small enough to foster a real sense of civic belonging.

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Austerity Britain: 1945-51 by David Kynaston

Alistair Cooke, anti-communist, British Empire, Chelsea Manning, collective bargaining, continuous integration, deindustrialization, deskilling, Etonian, full employment, garden city movement, hiring and firing, industrial cluster, invisible hand, job satisfaction, labour mobility, light touch regulation, mass immigration, moral panic, Neil Kinnock, occupational segregation, price mechanism, rent control, reserve currency, road to serfdom, Ronald Reagan, stakhanovite, strikebreaker, the market place, upwardly mobile, urban planning, urban renewal, very high income, wage slave, washing machines reduced drudgery, wealth creators, women in the workforce, young professional

Another such individual with high ambitions and limited tolerance was Ernö Goldfinger: born in Hungary in 1902, a student in Paris until moving to England in 1933, a larger-than-life presence with a frightening temper. Writing in 1942 in the Architectural Review (one of modernism’s strongholds), he gave a hostile appraisal of a clutch of publications in Faber and Faber’s ‘Rebuilding Britain’ series, masterminded by Osborn and including Osborn’s own Overture to Planning. After noting that all the publications ‘state as axiomatic truths the one-sided arguments of the Garden City Movement’, Goldfinger went on: ‘The problem before the re-planners of the country can be neatly and precisely defined by saying that it is to create a frame for human life, liberated as far as possible from the drudgery of material need. Modern technology enables this to be done. But this aim will not be furthered by the introduction of sentimentality.’ Justifying this charge by picking out phrases from Osborn’s pamphlet like ‘values of our civilisation’ and ‘sacred fires’, Goldfinger then put his modernist cards on the table: In all these publications the problem of the size of cities is treated again and again with an unrealistic and sentimental bias.

The other six were Corby in Northamptonshire, Newton Aycliffe and Peterlee in the north-east, East Kilbride and Glenrothes in Scotland, and Cwmbran in Wales. Developed partly to relieve the housing shortage but also with explicit brave new world ambitions, they would become emblematic of the whole 1945 settlement. The essential guiding spirit of these new towns followed on from Ebenezer Howard’s garden-city movement: they were to be economically self-contained and socially balanced communities that in national terms would stimulate decentralisation from the overcrowded big cities. Reporting in 1946 to the new Minister of Town and Country Planning, Lewis Silkin, the Reith Committee (with Osborn a prominent member) placed particular stress on the need for a strong sense of community and highlighted the potential benefits of the neighbourhood unit – which indeed was the model explicitly used in 11 out of the first 14 new towns.

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Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City by Peter D. Norton


clean water, Frederick Winslow Taylor, garden city movement, invisible hand, jitney, new economy, New Urbanism, Ralph Nader, Silicon Valley, smart transportation, Thorstein Veblen, Unsafe at Any Speed, urban planning, urban renewal

First, traffic engineers and their sponsors wanted practical, affordable remedies for the traffic problem, the benefits of which could be realized in short order. The failure of police departments’ short-term remedies taught chambers of commerce patience, but they could not wait for the city to be rebuilt, and they could not afford to rebuild it. Academic planners, particularly those influenced by the garden city movement, proposed 132 Chapter 5 numerous plans of urban deconcentration. The American City Planning Institute traced a catalogue of urban ills to excessive urban density, and so recommended planned deconcentration. Yet for all of their proposals, city planners contributed little to the deconcentration of cities.16 In the first half of the twentieth century they did not have the means to achieve planned deconcentration.

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Computer: A History of the Information Machine by Martin Campbell-Kelly, William Aspray, Nathan L. Ensmenger, Jeffrey R. Yost


Ada Lovelace, air freight, Alan Turing: On Computable Numbers, with an Application to the Entscheidungsproblem, Apple's 1984 Super Bowl advert, barriers to entry, Bill Gates: Altair 8800, borderless world, Buckminster Fuller, Build a better mousetrap, Byte Shop, card file, cashless society, cloud computing, combinatorial explosion, computer age, deskilling, don't be evil, Donald Davies, Douglas Engelbart, Douglas Engelbart, Dynabook, fault tolerance, Fellow of the Royal Society, financial independence, Frederick Winslow Taylor, game design, garden city movement, Grace Hopper, informal economy, interchangeable parts, invention of the wheel, Jacquard loom, Jacquard loom, Jeff Bezos, jimmy wales, John Markoff, John von Neumann, light touch regulation, linked data, Marc Andreessen, Mark Zuckerberg, Marshall McLuhan, Menlo Park, natural language processing, Network effects, New Journalism, Norbert Wiener, Occupy movement, optical character recognition, packet switching, PageRank, pattern recognition, Pierre-Simon Laplace, pirate software, popular electronics, prediction markets, pre–internet, QWERTY keyboard, RAND corporation, Robert X Cringely, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, Steve Jobs, Steven Levy, Stewart Brand, Ted Nelson, the market place, Turing machine, Vannevar Bush, Von Neumann architecture, Whole Earth Catalog, William Shockley: the traitorous eight, women in the workforce, young professional

At one point in his life, Patterson took up Fletcherism, a bizarre eating fad in which each mouthful of food was chewed sixty times before swallowing. Another time he became obsessed with calisthenics and physical fitness and took to horse riding at six o’clock each morning—and obliged his senior executives to accompany him. He was capricious, as likely to reward a worker with whom he was pleased with a large sum of money as to sack another on the spot for a minor misdemeanor. He was a leading figure in the Garden City movement, and the NCR factory in Dayton, Ohio, was one of its showpieces, its graceful buildings nestling in a glade planted with evergreen trees. However, for all his idiosyncrasies, there is no question that Patterson possessed an instinct for organizing the cash register business, which was so successful that NCR’s “business practices and marketing methods became standard at IBM and in other office appliance firms by the 1920s.”

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Concretopia: A Journey Around the Rebuilding of Postwar Britain by John Grindrod

Berlin Wall, garden city movement, housing crisis, Jane Jacobs, megastructure, Neil Kinnock, New Urbanism, Right to Buy, side project, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, urban decay, urban planning, urban renewal, urban sprawl, women in the workforce, young professional

Still surrounded by large trees and rows of low-rise flats, houses and garages, the block may no longer look unique, but it remains a dignified country gent mellowing with age. Gibberd admitted later that there was ‘a selfish reason for the block in that, as joint author, along with F. R. S. Yorke, of The Modern Flat, this would be an opportunity to try out some of its theories. There was the special appeal that a point block would orientate the new town towards Le Corbusier’s vertical city – the “ville radieuse” – and away from the garden city movement.’17 Le Corbusier’s powerful vision of a city of parkland punctuated by mighty tower blocks as a solution to urban living had inspired and incensed architects and planners in equal measure. In Harlow even a modest nod to this idea, in the form of a ten-storey, Swedish-style, concrete-and-red-brick point block, was almost derailed by government opposition to the cost of constructing such an experimental building.

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The Making of Modern Britain by Andrew Marr


anti-communist, banking crisis, Bernie Madoff, British Empire, business climate, Corn Laws, Etonian, garden city movement, illegal immigration, imperial preference, New Journalism, New Urbanism, Plutocrats, plutocrats, Red Clydeside, rent control, strikebreaker, trade liberalization, V2 rocket, wage slave, women in the workforce

Then, in the closing months of the war, the now-aged Ebenezer spotted a second site at the village of Welwyn, north of London, and raised cash to buy a shooting estate from its debt-laden owner. There, from 1921, Welwyn Garden City began to appear: among its backers was Harmsworth’s Daily Mail, which had been sponsoring its Ideal Home Exhibition since 1908 and offered to build some cottages free of charge. There was even a Dailymail Village, though it is now dully called Meadow Green. The garden-city movement did not transform Britain, as Ebenezer Howard, sitting in his parliamentary cubicle, had once hoped. It did influence garden suburbs all over the country, however, and had a big impact on the post-1945 new-town designers. More to the immediate point, Howard and his friends were the transmission system through which ideals about semi-rural or cottagey living were passed from high-minded Victorian dreamers to the rampant speculative builders of the inter-war period who covered this country with semis.

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Demanding the Impossible: A History of Anarchism by Peter Marshall


agricultural Revolution, anti-communist, Bertrand Russell: In Praise of Idleness, clean water, collective bargaining, colonial rule, David Graeber, feminist movement, garden city movement, hive mind, Howard Zinn, invisible hand, laissez-faire capitalism, land reform, land tenure, Lao Tzu, liberation theology, Machinery of Freedom by David Friedman, Mahatma Gandhi, means of production, Naomi Klein, open borders, Plutocrats, plutocrats, post scarcity, profit motive, Ralph Waldo Emerson, road to serfdom, Ronald Reagan, sexual politics, the market place, union organizing, wage slave, washing machines reduced drudgery

The writers Jaroslav Hašek and Franz Kafka were both exposed to anarchist ideas in the bohemian circles of Prague before the First World War. Kropotkin’s memoirs became one of Kafka’s favourite books. After 1884, it has been argued that anarchist ideas in Germany virtually vanished.5 But this is too severe a judgement. A group called Die Jungen (The Young Ones) developed about 1889 inside the Social Democratic Party; members included Rudolf Rocker, Bernhard Kampffmeyer (the future founder of the German Garden City movement), and Max Baginski, who eventually became editor of the Chicagoer Arbeiter-Zeitung and one of Emma Goldman’s lovers. Their paper Der Sozialist turned expressly anarchist after Gustav Landauer became one of its editors. Syndicalism also gained a foothold when a group calling themselves Localists formed a parallel grouping around 1892 within the Social Democratic trade unions and formed their own federation in 1897 called the Frei Vereinigung Deutscher Gewerkschaften.