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Is social mixing of tenures a solution for public housing estates?

Journal Article


Abstract


  • The article reviews 11 primary studies that examine the impact of social mix on public housing estates.

    In a growing number of countries policy-makers view social mix as the key mechanism to address the

    problems often associated with disadvantaged public housing estates – unemployment, anti-social

    behaviour, poor educational performance and high levels of crime. It is argued that by dissipating the

    concentration of poverty and exposing public housing tenants to more mainstream residents, the

    opportunities of the public housing tenants will improve. Most of the studies found that there is little

    evidence that social mix will necessarily lead to a lessening of disadvantage among public housing

    tenants. However, social mix usually leads to an improvement of the urban fabric and housing stock,

    which in turn improves the atmosphere of the areas concerned. In neighbourhoods where social mix

    has evolved ‘organically’ over time, social mix is more likely to be a positive phenomenon. In areas

    where it has been introduced through deliberate government intervention, unless there is adequate

    consultation with tenants and high quality urban planning, social mix usually has minimal impact and

    can severely disrupt the lives of residents. The reviewed studies use a range of methodologies and

    outcome measures. There is no consensus on how social mix should be evaluated or what methodology

    should be employed.

Authors


  •   Morris, Alan (external author)
  •   Jameison, Michelle (external author)
  •   Patulny, Roger

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Morris, A., Jameison, M. & Patulny, R. 2012, ''Is social mixing of tenures a solution for public housing estates?'', Evidence Base, vol. 1, no. N/A, pp. 1-21.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1258

Number Of Pages


  • 20

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 21

Volume


  • 1

Issue


  • N/A

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • The article reviews 11 primary studies that examine the impact of social mix on public housing estates.

    In a growing number of countries policy-makers view social mix as the key mechanism to address the

    problems often associated with disadvantaged public housing estates – unemployment, anti-social

    behaviour, poor educational performance and high levels of crime. It is argued that by dissipating the

    concentration of poverty and exposing public housing tenants to more mainstream residents, the

    opportunities of the public housing tenants will improve. Most of the studies found that there is little

    evidence that social mix will necessarily lead to a lessening of disadvantage among public housing

    tenants. However, social mix usually leads to an improvement of the urban fabric and housing stock,

    which in turn improves the atmosphere of the areas concerned. In neighbourhoods where social mix

    has evolved ‘organically’ over time, social mix is more likely to be a positive phenomenon. In areas

    where it has been introduced through deliberate government intervention, unless there is adequate

    consultation with tenants and high quality urban planning, social mix usually has minimal impact and

    can severely disrupt the lives of residents. The reviewed studies use a range of methodologies and

    outcome measures. There is no consensus on how social mix should be evaluated or what methodology

    should be employed.

Authors


  •   Morris, Alan (external author)
  •   Jameison, Michelle (external author)
  •   Patulny, Roger

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Morris, A., Jameison, M. & Patulny, R. 2012, ''Is social mixing of tenures a solution for public housing estates?'', Evidence Base, vol. 1, no. N/A, pp. 1-21.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1258

Number Of Pages


  • 20

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 21

Volume


  • 1

Issue


  • N/A

Place Of Publication


  • Australia