Posted by Peter B on March 21, 2003 at 08:01:18:
In Reply to: Re: Housing 40 million Americans:keep it simple. posted by Rog the Dodge on March 21, 2003 at 05:54:59:
The housing torn down in the 60's and 70's was torn down for a reason. Why repeat the mistakes of past years.
On the other hand, your point is there should be a place for small scale housing. Maybe this can be done. Part of the problem with minimal housing is that it becomes blighted and unusable, probably because people find no comfort there and lose respect for it. The high density and typical design do not empower people to defend their space. Gangs and crime take over, then the police and authorities are a constant presence. Perhaps any money saved must be put into security.
More substantial, lower density, and simply more attractive housing (regardless of the size of indivdual units-this is a minor issue) cost much more, but will become more viable housing for people as they improve their own condition. Rent is varied by ability to pay. Sounds like communism? Well it is working in many communities and doesn't create just another blighted neighborhood. This type of housing creates more housing stock in a sustainable fashion, but isn't going to answer for needs of all homeless, including migrant workers and mentally disabled. There a more institutional specific response may be required, but the huge apartment complexes of the 50's and 60's have no viability and few adherents.
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