Overcrowding and ‘underoccupancy’ in Romania : a case study of housing inequality

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Centre for Housing Research, Univ., St Andrews, Royaume-Uni

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This paper examines aspects of space consumption (overcrowded or underoccupied) in two very different housing types: the communist mid-rise estates and postcommunist suburban self-built housing in the city of Pitesti, Romania. The analysis documents the continued salience of overcrowding in the communist estates and, conversely, self-builders’ satisfaction with the generous size of their new homes. Market forces permit various modes of residential mobility, but their likely outcome is growing housing inequality while any redistributive impact will remain insignificant unless policy incentives could facilitate conversion of underoccupied space into (social) renting housing. However, only a sustained delivery of larger and affordable new dwellings could alleviate overcrowding.

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Article de périodique

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Environment and planning A, issn : 0308-518X, 2014, vol. 46, n°. 1, p. 203-221, nombre de pages : 19, Références bibliographiques : 3 p.

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Pays édition : Royaume-Uni, London, Pion

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