City of Copenhagen, Denmark – a struggle to re-establish affordable housing lost under the economic recovery

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The chapter will briefly present the recent development in the housing market in the late twentieth century and the following boom and crisis on the market after 2007. The City of Copenhagen is the core area of a larger conurbation; only a fourth of the metropolitan population resides in the city. Thus, the city is clearly under a bounded geography and this puts severe limits on its ability to react to changes in e.g. housing demand. The economic and demographic re-development of the city from the mid-1990ies has along with a more entrepreneurial municipal urban strategy and changes in national housing regulation led to considerable changes in the types of home ownership in Copenhagen, and rising house prices, leading to a loss of affordable housing opportunities. The case study will outline the changes in the housing market over recent decades, and the subsequent vanishing of affordable housing, as well as describe a new housing concept aiming to provide affordable housing. This concept, Social Housing Plus, targeted for the middle-income households and based on self-management, has proven to be relatively successful. Moreover, it has led to other innovative housing concepts in the social housing sector. In the chapter we discuss the preconditions for this concept.
TitelLand Markets, Urban Policy, and Social Equity:
StatusAccepteret/In press - 1 okt. 2019