We need short-term solutions to the caged home crisis
Much ink has been spilled previously on the caged home crisis – indeed, from myself, included.
Yet there remains a more pressing question to be asked – now what? We have established, clearly, that we must tackle this imminent crisis. The issue lies with, through what means, and in what ways could we maximally answer the pleas of the hundreds of thousands stranded in such destitution?
It is apparent that the caged home crisis cannot be separated from the housing and land issues that have afflicted our city for many of the past decades – but housing and land policy solutions tend to be medium-term to long-term in kind: they require not only strategic patience and a healthy bout of luck, but also forward-looking planning and implementation processes that often take years, if not a decade, to put into action. Hence an alternative question to ask is, could there be anything we could do in the short-term – in the run-up to these longer-term, remedial proposals? ...