ñ In Defense of Housing Ô Download by Á Peter Marcuse
ñ In Defense of Housing Ô Download by Á Peter Marcuse This is the best recent text on housing issues I ve read in a while Marcuse thoroughly explains the commodification, deregulation, and financialization of housing There are plenty of stats to illustrate how the better off are using real estate as an investment strategy, while the worse off have seen housing prices go up as wages have stagnated or gone down creating things like the NYC phenomenon of a near empty luxury building located a block from an overcrowded, dilapidated building.
What sets Marcuse apart from other writers on this subject is that he does a great job of ripping apart popular fixes for this issue, like home ownership In a nutshell, homeownership links those who can least afford to lose money, especially with shrinking wages and precarious retirement savings, with those who use real estate solely as a commodity, thus exacerbating the problem The book en not going to launch into an in depth critical analysis, but I basically knew nothing going in, and this was informative and enlightening and the home, not real estate idea is one I ll undoubtedly keep thinking about going forward Good overview of housing issues and how bereft they are from mainstream political discussion It doesn t entirely fall into the leftist trap of criticism without offer of solution, but it could do with a longer discussion of paths forward.
Nice exposition to several aspects of housing under capitalism, from the history of its commodification to the efforts made to make it a universal service It draws on classics such as Engel s, which I personally appreciate It also proposes or less concrete measures going forward.
When used in a purely legal sense, rights can function to shore up existing structures and relationships without questioning them If the right to housing is merely a right to be incorporated into the residential status quo, without changing the present methods of distributing the benefits and costs of housing, then it is a weak right indeed Such a right would remain silent about the social conflicts at the heart of housing politics The vast bulk of the legal edifice that shapes access to housing exists to protect the rights of property owners A right to housing that does not challenge and change the current housing system would either be unenforceable to at best end up as a state subsidy for landlords.
For the oppressed, housing is always in crisis The reappearance of the term housing crisis in headlines represents the experience of middle class homeowners and investors, who faced unexpected residential instability following the 2008 implosion In the United States, the discourse of housing crisis is often used to condemn state interference in housing markets In the UK, the crisis frame is invoked in support of granting new legal powers to developers in order to override local planning guidelines It s a growing global problem from New York to New Zealand the long way , a select group of millionaire billionaires building new or buying up existing property in prime locations, artificially driving up prices and forcing out most people, so what we get is yet another situation where basic human needs are being commodified and used to squeeze yet profits Many A great contemporary primer of a anti capitalist analysis on the housing crisis, putting different social movements and periods of resistance in context, whilst providing a guide to action in terms of how we struggle around housing today, going to what kind of demands we should be putting forward in the social struggles around housing and public space.
This book blends theory and action, with emphasis on history and theory It outlines how we got to the housing situation we are in nationally, showing the privatization of housing and how corporate interests began to trump public good The book is focused on NYC and most examples are drawn from there, but it also encompasses most of the cities in America It doesn t have too much relevance for rural areas since the issues are often different Definitely an eye opening read challenging why housing shouldn t be set up the way 21st cities do It also challenged me to think bigger about solutions He outlined three types of reforms efficiency reforms, system reforms, and transformative reforms We need to fight for the last kind that will change the entire system His main point is that housing is not used as real estate and to further corporate and individual profits
S housing policies Unfortunately, this was not it While it makes a small handful of strong ish points, it overwhelmingly is filled with dated, blindly ideological, ivory tower diatribe so disconnected from anything real or actionable It is particularly loose with facts and numbers for instance, citing that the number of homeless in New York is higher than during the Great Depression, which may be true or not but the city s population has also grown so a metric that does not scale for population growth is inherently misleading There are other instances of convenient laxity in data interpretation The only saving grace which made me give this book two stars rather than one is a brief 2 page section around 138 140 where it goes through legitimate con In Every Major City In The World There Is A Housing Crisis How Did This Happen And What Can We Do About It Everyone Needs And Deserves Housing But Today Our Homes Are Being Transformed Into Commodities, Making The Inequalities Of The City Ever Acute Profit Has Become Important Than Social Need The Poor Are Forced To Pay For Worse Housing Households Are Subjected To Eviction And Foreclosure Communities Face Gentrification And Displacement And The Benefits Of Decent Housing Are Only Available For Those Who Can Afford It In Defense of Housing Is The Definitive Statement By Leading Urban Planner Peter Marcuse And Sociologist David Madden They Diagnose The Causes And Consequences Of The Housing Crisis And Detail The Need For Progressive Alternatives Minor Policy Changes Will Not Solve They Problem, They Argue Rather, The Housing Crisis Has Deep Political And Economic Roots, And Therefore Requries A Radical Response