Books | Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard UniversityRoutledge, Find this book:. The global increase in the number of slums calls for policies that improve the conditions of the urban poor in a sustainable fashion. This volume provides an extensive overview of current and recent housing policies in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The chapters offer ideas and tools for pro-poor interventions with respect to the provision of land for housing, building materials, labour, participation and finance.
Seven recommended books on housing and urban development
W ell over a third of Britons lived in council homes at their peak in the early s, and yet the subject of public housing is hardly to be found on bookshelves. And in literary fiction, authentic interest in or real knowledge of the lives of the millions who have lived in council homes over the years is almost nonexistent. Journalism has filled the gap — once celebratory, but latterly often demonising and sensationalist as one-time municipal dreams were designated nightmares. Awareness has only revived more recently, as the renewed failure of the free market to provide the decent, affordable homes we need has become more stark, and — more darkly — in the aftermath of the Grenfell fire. Council housing represented a step up for millions, a social revolution arguably more important than other more celebrated aspects of what we once proudly called our welfare state. Written by a historian, it gives a comprehensive and critical account of a wider council housing story — from low-rise to high-rise and back again.
Municipal Dreams by John Boughton review - the rise and fall of council housing
Posted on Jan, by Erica Rawles. Rothstein details the many ways that housing segregation in communities across the United States was created and enforced by government action. The impacts of local, state and federal government policies, like racially explicit zoning laws and homeownership and underwriting policies that subsidized white flight and suburbanization while locking families of color out, continue to be seen in persistent patterns of segregation and the enormous wealth gap between white and black families. Harvard sociologist, Matthew Desmond, tells the story of eight families struggling to secure housing in the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee. Desmond brilliantly conveys the hardships and struggle of these individuals and families to simply find a decent place to live. He dismantles the popular misconception that evictions are the result of poverty, and instead shows how they are more often the cause of it.
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