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Why Patrik Schumacher is wrong about housing

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ON BEHALF OF PAUL FINCH I repeat my dislike for criticism from some respondents which is personal, not about the issues under discussion. I agree with PS about the need for greater density and mix in cities, promoted 20 years ago in the Richard Rogers Urban Task Force report for government. Nor do I have any problem about letting the private sector get on with what they do for a living, which is to build for the market. I dislike the ‘affordable’ housing strategy because it involves an abuse of language and has been proved not to work. However, I have no faith in a policy which assumes that the private market can or will provide what all sorts of people need, in terms of both quantity and quality. Young professionals are not the only people on the planet. The reason I hold this view is because space standards and public-sector housebuilding were scrapped, and things left to the market, in the 80s, and continued in that vein for three decades. The result is the mess we have at the moment. The experiment failed. Why should we repeat it?

Posted date

4 May, 2018

Posted time

8:38 am

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