Ghettos of crime, drugs and vice? Full of people bludging off the state? That's typical of the unfair stigma attached to public housing, and it distracts us from more fundamental issues.
It's time to tackle the shortage of public housing head-on, rather than skirt around the problem. Public housing is the single most cost-effective way to turn around the rise in homelessness.
Whether in Melbourne or in Paris, African immigrants face social and cultural challenges, which public housing can either add to or help overcome.
The problem with most public housing 'renewal' programs is that the residents have the least say in what happens to the places they call home. The evidence of housing research is also being ignored.
Self-expression from the streets.
Even where communities are mixed, many inner-city families go to extraordinary financial and geographic lengths to ensure their children do not go to school with children from 'the flats'.
The tangled web of responsibility for London's council estates could cloud investigations into the Grenfell Tower fire.
The tea and crumpets vision of Englishness that Capability Brown brings to mind does him an injustice.
Unless Cameron learns a lesson from history, the tenants of Britain's council estates will face displacement and gentrification by stealth.