INTEGRATED HOUSING … HOW CAN IT MAKE ME FEEL GOOD

THE PROS AND CONS OF INTEGRATED HOUSING

I am trying to look for positives.

Darwin is going through a massive shift in its older suburbs with integrated housing to the fore.

A senior real estate agents told me that the social impact of integrated housing is a more than significant decline in the values of ‘non integrated’ residences put up for sale. He hold me that the difference in value of a well kept and maintained and renovated home now in an integrated environment (‘now’ because of shifts in public housing policies) can be as much as $40,000 to $50,000.

Decision makers and policy setters seem, by and large to sell up, exit their homes and move into the newer suburbs where this policy seems not to exist. They do not therefore, experience firsthand any economic impact. Nor are they affected by the social changes of greater noise and often yards and surrounds, unkempt to the point of appearing derelict.

There is also a security issue being felt by an increasing number of residents in these housing divisions.

These changes are impacting on the character of many older, established suburbs.

Can readers please share with me the positives of this policy because I need reassurance. How does the policy of housing integration benefit me?

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