London is undergoing a radical transformation. Large scale redevelopment is resulting in profound change to the political, social and economic structure of our city.
Decisions made in City Hall and town halls fundamentally alter our communities, but too often they are subject to little, if any professional scrutiny.
From 2011 I became involved in a number of high profile planning campaigns. As they unfolded I discovered gross professional malpractice and bureaucratic incompetence. Every time the winner was the developer, who made extraordinary gains at the expense of the community, whilst few people were looking.
That is not to say that all developments are bad, but the lack of effective public oversight creates a culture of impunity which allows injustice to flourish.
And effective public oversight is severely lacking in London. We now only have one regional newspaper, the Evening Standard for a city which is larger than many countries. Local media is undergoing severe retrenchment.
I started OurCity.London to explore the political economy of development in London. As the site has developed I occasionally come across other important issues, like transport and education which uncover stories worthy of publishing here.
But all the stories published on this site have the same goal. Through a series of investigations I aim to tell the story of our changing city. Shining a light on the decisions impacting our communities. Finding out who wins, who loses and how they get away with it.
If you like what I am doing and want to see me continue doing it, please do support me though my page on byline, a website for funding investigative journalism. People who donate more will receive a print once a month, hand-made in the darkroom.
By being a supporter of this project, you will not only be supporting me to continue my work, but will become part of a community of people want to see a better and more inclusive London. As well as writing these articles I aim to hold a series of meet up events for supporters to bring people together.