The Urbanist

Affordable housing

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28 March 2019

Episode 389

30 minutes


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We look at Helsinki’s model of mixed housing, Cairo’s plan to end all slum dwellings by the end of the year and hear why the state of California is suing some of its own cities over affordability.

28 March 2019

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Chapter 1

5 minutes


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Chapter 1

California’s dilemma

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California’s new governor, Gavin Newsom, is threatening to sue close to 50 cities in his own state, which he claims aren’t doing their share to combat the housing crisis.

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Chapter 2

7 minutes


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Chapter 2

Porto’s rent control

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Porto has been witnessing a growth in its metropolitan population for the first time in 40 years – but finding a home has become a problem.

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Chapter 3

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Chapter 3

Cairo’s slum housing

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The Egyptian government has pledged to end what it terms “slum housing” by the end of this year – but is that even possible in a city of 22 million people?

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Chapter 4

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Helsinki’s mixed housing

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This is a city that is often cited as an example of low-cost housing done right. And it seems that for local officials the solution needs to include mixed housing.

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