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Why investor-driven urban density is inevitably linked to disadvantage

August 23rd, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Cities, Construction, Housing, Housing conditions, Housing supply, Planning, Sydney, urban renewal

By Bill Randolph, UNSW This article is the third in a series based on new research into the place of lower-income and disadvantaged households in a compact city. Originally published on The Conversation. The densification of Australian cities has been heralded as a boon for housing choice and diversity. The up-beat promotion of “the swing […]

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It’s not just the buildings, high-density neighbourhoods make life worse for the poor

August 22nd, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Cities, Demographics, Housing, Planning, Public space, Sydney, urban renewal

By Laurence Troy, UNSW; Hazel Easthope, UNSW, and Laura Crommelin, UNSW This article is the second in a series based on new research into the place of lower-income and disadvantaged households in a compact city. Originally published on The Conversation. Last year marked the first time that construction began on more higher-density housing in Australia […]

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This is why apartment living is different for the poor

August 21st, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Cities, Housing conditions, Strata, urban renewal

By Hazel Easthope, UNSW; Laura Crommelin, UNSW, and Laurence Troy, UNSW This article is the first in a series based on new research into the place of lower-income and disadvantaged households in a compact city. There’s been a lot of talk about apartment living of late. Whether it’s millennials who can’t afford to buy a […]

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Taxing empty homes: a step towards affordable housing, but much more can be done

July 17th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Housing, Housing supply, Tax

Vacant and unlit ‘ghost’ apartments are a source of public outrage in major cities around the world. leniners/flickr, CC BY-NC By Hal Pawson, UNSW. Originally published on The Conversation. Vacant housing rates are rising in our major cities. Across Australia on census night, 11.2% of housing was recorded as unoccupied – a total of 1,089,165 dwellings. […]

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Overturning perceptions: migration, renewal and the new Western City

May 31st, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Cities, Demographics, Migration, Sydney

Next Monday 5 June Blacktown City Council will host a City Futures seminar, Overturning perceptions: migration, renewal and the new Western City. If you’re involved in migrant services, community development or social planning – or just interested in migrant experiences of Sydney – please come along to this free event (register here). The seminar will […]

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The insecurity of private renters – how do they manage it?

May 24th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Guest appearance, Law, Sydney, Tenancy, Wellbeing

Alan Morris, University of Technology Sydney; Hal Pawson, UNSW, and Kath Hulse, Swinburne University of Technology. This article was originally published on The Conversation.  A growing proportion of Australian households depend on the private rental sector for accommodation. This growth has occurred despite substantial insecurity of tenure under the law, unlike other countries with high private […]

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Two pictures of rental housing stress and vulnerability zero in on areas of need

May 18th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Affordable housing, Cities, Government, Housing, Housing supply, Regions

The Rental Vulnerability Index for Queensland shows the cumulative impact of factors affecting renters across the state. City Futures Research Centre By Chris Martin, UNSW and Laurence Troy, UNSW. Originally published on The Conversation. Two new tools for measuring and visualising problems in our rental housing system are in the media this week. They have similar […]

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New to Australia? Good luck! Migrants can no longer afford ‘gateway’ suburbs

May 5th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Cities, Demographics, Guest appearance, Housing, Migration, Sydney, Wellbeing

Jack Wright/flickr, CC BY-NC   By Hazel Easthope, UNSW and Wendy Stone, Swinburne University of Technology. Originally published on The Conversation. The concentration of disadvantaged people in certain parts of cities is almost always seen as undesirable by urban researchers and policymakers. But is this always the case? Our research demonstrates that it isn’t. Concentrations of people […]

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What explains the rise of long-term private renting in Australia?

April 27th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Housing, Tenancy

By Hal Pawson, City Futures Research Centre. The ongoing expansion of Australia’s private rental market is well-known. Even at the time of the 2011 census, more than one in four properties was a home rented from a private landlord either directly or through an agent. But for increasing numbers of people this is a long-term […]

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I’m forever blowing bubbles: Has the Sydney apartment market finally burst?

March 30th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Construction, Housing, Housing supply, Sydney

By Bill Randolph, Director, City Futures Research Centre. Originally published in Around the House, newsletter of Shelter NSW. Much speculation in the property press in recent months has centred on the question of the supposed ‘housing bubble’ (is there one?) and, if so, what is its likely trajectory (will it burst?).  Pundits have vied for […]

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