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Make 'em an offer they cain't refuse

A Chinese Government campaign requiring Tibetan villagers to rebuild their houses under strict official specifications is leading to poverty rather than boosting economic development, according to a report by the New York based Human Rights Watch.

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The Spanish Housing Crisis

From 20 November to 1 December 2006, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, Miloon Kothari, conducted a mission to Spain to examine the status of realization of the right to adequate housing….

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2010 Olympic development driving up homelessness in Vancouver

E-mail from to 2010WATCH, 14 12 06

I have been doing some filming for a documentary that will focus on Vancouver's 2010 Olympic Games. For the past month and a half we have been focusing on the issue of homelessness in the city.

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Paying for 'Affordable' Housing

London, according to the housing minister Yvette Cooper, has a shortage of 20,000 three-bedroom homes.

So it is welcome that this week Cooper has announced new planning policies to oblige local authorities to ensure the provision of family homes, and to demand open space for children in new developments. In so doing, she also acknowledges another truth, which is that actions so far to provide decent affordable housing in London are failing.


£400m Olympic Village subsidy

LONDON’S Olympic planners face a new bill of up to £400m over the construction of the athletes’ village.

The Olympic village, the biggest construction contract for the Games, was originally to be built by a private company at a cost of £1 billion and then converted into 5,000 homes that would be sold after the event. The cost of the village is not included in the budget of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), which is overseeing all construction work.

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Ending Homelessness

Homeless Link, the umbrella group for charities working with and for homeless people, today began an ambitious campaign to end homelessness in Britain by 2022.

The campaign was launched at a Parliamentary reception attended by Yvette Cooper, Minister for Housing and Planning, Caroline Spelman and Andrew Stunell (Conservative and Lib Dem Shadow Secretaries of State for Communities and Local Government), MPs from all three major parties, homeless people and senior staff from national and regional homeless charities.


Halifax third quarter house price survey

The report still manages to disappoint with tired cliches in the form of "Olympic effect" quotations, apparently the growth in prices in Tower Hamlets owes nothing to the proximity of the area to City workers and the boom the banking industry has experienced over the past year..


New challenges in managing mixed use schemes

It is now commonplace that new developments in the Thames Gateway should include a mix of uses, tenures and incomes. To some, mixed use is the solution to the problem of current inadequate housing supply; to others it is a means of delivering sustainable development and sustainable communities.


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