This went live yesterday, attracting a deluge of comments - a deluge of two, last time I looked. As I observe below, housing's not very sexy, is it? Still, hope you find what follows informative.
London has housing problems. Where to start? In a city of seven and a half million around 330,000 households are on waiting lists for social housing and around 60,000 in temporary accommodation. Every year 3,000 still sleep rough. Meanwhile the housing market, enduring index of British insanity, excludes all but the best off. Thousands of otherwise self-sufficient young adults still live with their parents because they can't afford to do anything else. The combined effects of population turnover, City fortunes and incoming labour ingrain chronic inequality. In London, the rich get richer while the poor wait in line and Polish workers have kipped in public toilets in Stamford Hill. At the same time, 85,000 London dwellings stand empty. What's a mayoral candidate to do?