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  • Reply to: Eight stubborn facts about housing policies   4 days 15 hours ago

    I applaud you for stating these stubborn facts.

    This reminds me of a question I asked at a sanitation forum many years ago.

    "If a large proportion of the urban poor live in informal settlements with no tenure or are renting, even if they could afford to- why in the world would they elect to invest in an improved latrine or toilet?"

    Awkward silence hit the room for a second after I asked this uncomfortable question, and eventually the response from the speaker was pretty much that this is an intractable problem in many cases.

  • Reply to: Success when we deemed it failure? Revisiting sites and services 20 years later   1 week 4 days ago

    Just to underline some of the comments above, it would be great to extend the analysis to Sites and Services elsewhere, including Africa. I remember being amazed at seeing houses in Dandora in Nairobi advertised for significant prices in the late 1990s; I wonder how those developments have aged and valued over time.

    It is also interesting to see the convergence on urban design (small parcels, incremental building, smaller infill units, high walkability)--you could be writing about Portland, Oregon where I am currently sitting. We have an affordable housing crisis--maybe we need sites and services!

  • Reply to: Success when we deemed it failure? Revisiting sites and services 20 years later   1 week 5 days ago
    Land was assembled by the govt for the sites. Your instinct is right, though.  Assembly of land often took a long time and this was one of the key reasons why project implementation periods were long.  It is worth noting that even today many state/local govts in India continue to assemble land and allocate it for different uses, such as infrastructure development and housing for low-income families.  Several questions remain, however, regarding the most effective ways of delivering land or housing -- at scale -- in a manner that can also reach lower-income families. This blog and the (forthcoming) paper on which it is based are one contribution to that discussion. Many thanks for your excellent comments! 
  • Reply to: Success when we deemed it failure? Revisiting sites and services 20 years later   1 week 5 days ago
    Fascinating that Mongolia is using it now.  Many thanks also for sharing project locations and the names of your pioneering colleagues on this blog! We know several, but not all, of the people named.  It would be interesting to have a discussion with all of you, regarding your thoughts on the potential of this approach for managing the forthcoming urban propulation growth. 
  • Reply to: Success when we deemed it failure? Revisiting sites and services 20 years later   1 week 5 days ago
    100,000 plots have been added through such programs.  Thank you for sharing that!  It would be excellent to document the broader experience in Tamil Nadu, and assess what happened in cities of different sizes.  But, more importantly, it is terrific that CMDA continued to use this approach -- thereby, significantly broadening the impact of the idea.