Yandisa Sobuza – Social Housing In South Africa: Are Public Private Partners (PPP) A Solution?

South Africa faces a shortfall in its provision of housing for low income households. This study explores the potential to use public private partnerships (PPP) to address these supply problems.

Read more (PDF-format): http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/dissertation.pdf

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Gabriel Metcalf – The San Francisco Exodus

theatlanticcities.com. October 14, 2013. My friends keep moving to Oakland. Gone from San Francisco for greener pastures and cheaper rents, because it’s just gotten too hard, by which I really mean too expensive. Their move signals that something has gone terribly wrong in this most progressive of American cities.

In some ways, we came by the problem innocently. San Francisco had the good fortune to be one of the very few 19th century industrial cities to successfully make the transition to a new, post-industrial economic base. It wasn’t just bohemians who set up shop here—all kinds of entrepreneurs and creative business people decided to call San Francisco home. As wave after wave of older industrial jobs moved out of town, new types of work were created to replace them.

At the same time, San Francisco was a great place to live. Partly from historical inheritance and partly from the work of activists who chose to make the city the focus of their activism, the city remained a walkable, urban paradise compared to most of America.

Read morehttp://m.theatlanticcities.com/housing/2013/10/san-francisco-exodus/7205/

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Glenn Costa – Census: Goa Has Three ‘Slum Towns’

oheraldo.in. October, 14, 2013.  PANJIM: Out of the 14 towns in Goa, the State has three towns that can be termed as ‘slum towns’ according to the Census 2011 final figures released recently, which do not mention their names, though it is anybody’s guess which towns these could be.

According to the census data, out of the 26,247 slum population, there is an identified slum population of 20,140 and a notified 6,107 slum population under the three-fold classification of the Census ~ Notified, Recognized and Identified slums.
Despite its supposed affluence, Goa has ‘an absolute number’ of 5,497 slum households. Among the Scheduled Castes, the slum population has been pegged at 2.5%, while among Scheduled Tribes it is 0.4%.
This is more than the slum households of Arunachal Pradesh (3,479 families) but obviously much less than larger States such as Maharashtra (24,99,948), Andhra Pradesh (24,31,474), Tamil Nadu (14,63,689) and West Bengal (13,91,756). Goa’s figures, however, also compare favourably with another small State, Sikkim which has slum households numbering 7,203.
Despite such a low official figure, however, slums in the State are very visible in settlements such as Moti Dongor, Zuari, Chimbel, and Mapusa to name just a few. These have come under the spotlight after they have emerged as game changers in electoral politics, especially to neutralize the local vote.
Read morehttp://oheraldo.in/Census-Goa-has-three-lsquo-slum-towns
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32.91 People Lakh Reside In Urban Slums In State

deccanherald. October 14, 2013. Over 32.91 lakh people or five per cent of the total population in the State live in urban slums, according to the latest figures released by the office of the registrar general and census commissioner.

The State has also the seventh highest number of people dwelling in slums after Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh. The census — 2011 figures reveal that the total number of slum dwellers has increased by 3.39 lakh during the last 10 years. Of the 220 towns in the State (classified as urban local bodies — corporations, city municipal councils, town municipal councils and town panchayats), as many as 206 have slum pockets in their jurisdiction.

Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike has the largest number of people dwelling in slums at 7.21 lakh, followed by Hubli-Dharwad City Corporation at 1.84 lakh.

Read more: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/363041/3291-people-lakh-reside-urban.html

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Haas&Hahn – Street Art – Painting The Rio Slums Bright



urbanpeek.com. October, 2013.  Dutch artists Haas&Hahn (Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn) of the Favela painting project in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil established kickstarter campaign as they wish to fund the painting of one of the biggest slums in the city. They’ve been doing small painting projects in deprived areas of the city starting 2005 after the first visit to Brazilian favelas. But this time artists decided to go big and bring some colors to an every building on a hillside in Vila Cruzeiro, Brazil .

”Our project aims to provide an opportunity for people to transform their own neighborhood from a place seen as negative into a place that is able to communicate its creativity, beauty and innovation to the outside world through art.” – the artists say.

Read more & enjoy: http://urbanpeek.com/street-art-painting-the-rio-slums-bright/

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Ralph Jennings – Poor May Resist As Jakarta Plans End To Slums

forbes.com. October 10, 2013. Indonesia’s capital of 9 million people is growing new malls and office towers like rice paddies. Jakarta’s stock exchange district looks almost like ultra-modern Singapore’s. Yet slums packed with trash and less-than-dollar-a-day poverty occupy the other half of the Jakarta checkerboard.

Now the city aims to wipe out its slummy side by moving a million people into low-cost modern housing on up to 400 hectares, says the CEO of a major Indonesian NGO that serves the nation’s poor.

That plan under Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo would remove awkward contrasts such as the tract of wooden lean-tos on mud trails festering across a polluted river from the Shangri-la Hotel tower. It would vacate land for the next financial tower or mall selling name-brand smartphones and clothes, symbols of a voracious consumer culture that has grown with new investment and an attendant middle-class workforce.

Read more: http://www.forbes.com/Jennings-jakarta-plans-end-to-slums/

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