High-Rise Stakes

Citing June’s horrific Grenfell Tower fire in London and others worldwide, civic activist Koketso Moeti urges a change in how municipalities view urban housing.

By 2030, she writes, an estimated 60% of the global population will live in cities. But, Moeti argues, affordable housing is often overlooked in favor of more lucrative development projects, and standards for such housing often vary. Cities must reexamine how they provide safe, affordable housing for all residents, regardless of income.

As more flock to cities in the coming years, Moeti warns, “Dumping the poorest members of society into substandard accommodation is not a solution.”

Source: Al Jazeera (Opinion)

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