Housing development. Council housing as an opportunity or threat for inhabitants
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The article discusses selected issues of homelessness of a chosen social group. Socio-existential differences of a given population are a common phenomenon and can be seen in cities, irrespective of their geographical location. However, they are particularly noticeable in the highly urbanized, anonymous environment of cities, in regions where economic and socio-demographic problems occur. In countries with a very low GDP, cities became destinations of migrating population from rural areas threatened with structural unemployment and famine. The article presents selected functional-spatial problems concerning issues of realization and functioning of contemporary council housing estates. It can be assumed that homelessness is typical of a particular group of dwellers of middle-sized and big cities. People who often move house or move into areas of rural communes adjacent to the central city are socially and economically active to a great extent. Paradoxically, depopulation of a big city gives rise to an increase in the number of the homeless per capita proportionally to the decreasing number of the inhabitants. However, the problem may also occur as a result of individual personality traits. Irrespective of attempts to eliminate homelessness, there will always be individuals who will choose life in opposition to social standards.
- Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Environmental Engineering, University of Zielona Gora, 1 Szafrana Str., 65-516 Zielona Góra, Poland
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