Josef W. Konvitz
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Housing and cities
Toward what future?
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Problems in housing markets trigged the crisis of 2007-08. Housing policies which treated housing in relation to macro-economic trends and finance failed in many countries. Housing has been used as a tool for labour mobility, to shift unemployed people to areas of labour demand, and to generate higher levels of home ownership to stabilize society. A reassessment of the assumptions embedded in these objectives is overdue. Needed are policies for housing which maintain and even increase the positive agglomeration effects of cities and metropolitan regions. Making the transition calls for a political strategy based on green growth, social change and ageing, and risk reduction.

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