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Comment #6810540 by David Harvey

David Harvey Dec 31st 2017, 12:22 AM #

You’d have no confidence in that not turning into a ghetto

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Plan for 1,100 social and affordable houses on land bank in Blanchardstown called 'half-baked'

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    Favourite Kal Ipers
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    Dec 31st 2017, 12:14 PM

    @David Harvey: It has been well proven that is exactly what would happen when such estates are created. The worst areas in the country are all areas of mass council accommodation. It takes decades to address these social issues and in many cases has not happened after half a century. There is a reason for higher homelessness in Blanch as is and it is because there is so much social housing already there. It is also an area with one of the highest levels of early school leaving. It has already got massive amounts of investment in trying to deal with these uneducated adults resulting in it. Social housing has to be integrated to stop families being caught in social issues.
    Plus what a terrible name inevitable being known as the village of the damned

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    Favourite P.J. Nolan
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    Dec 31st 2017, 1:20 PM

    @Kal Ipers:
    I fully understand the point your making but integrated housing estates don’t necessarily work either.
    A member of my family has experienced it (not in Dublin) in what was an estate of some Council, some affordable and private housing (150+ houses in total). Because of problems the people who could afford to move sold their houses but the only available buyer was Council who naturally moved more tenants until their was virtually no private housing. A fair few private landlords but almost all RA.
    Social engineering might be a noble exercise but in the end people who can afford it will want to live where they are most comfortable.

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    Favourite Sean
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    Dec 31st 2017, 6:46 PM

    @P.J. Nolan: as a category social welfare includes the vulnerable and those that unfortunately can’t work but it also includes a significant percentage of antisocial people. It is one thing if a person buys a house in an integrated estate; it is quite another if that person buys a house in an exclusive estate only to later find that his / her taxes have been spent by the Council on buying up properties in said estate to move in tenants who drag down property values through their behavior and attitudes to the detriment of the hard working original owner who now finds himself or herself forced to sell up at a loss.

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