abjection / class / community / gentrification / homelessness / hood / house/home / innerwest / private / privilege / professional / scarcity / sydney / urban

Roaches and restitution

“I don’t see what I’ve done so wrong that I can’t live like everyone else in the world, live in a house and have a house that I can call home.” – Sam (pseudonym) qtd in Besides one’s self: Homelessness felt and lived, by Catherine Robinson, p.93. Last night I was able to get a … Continue reading

fetishism / gentrification / hood / house/home / sydney / urban

Eulogistic urbanism

I tweeted this story as “eulogistic urbanism”, which is a term I have started to apply to representations of urban change that incorporate an abject before into a shiny new present; usually while subjects of abjection (‘druggies’, ‘derros’ in the case of this story) are still living there and doubtless have a more complex subjectivity … Continue reading

gentrification / hood / innerwest / urban

Foreclosing on foreclosure

#3, #2, #1 Speaking of Newtown, I’ve been reading about the Black Friday eviction, a story from the Great Depression, dated Friday 19 June, 1931. The local historian Alan Sharpe describes it thusly: “News got out the police were coming to evict a family living at Newtown. The well-organised, Communist-led Unemployed Worker’s Movement, having already … Continue reading