Offbeat End of soil concreteization: what impact on new housing and their prices?
New report underscores racial prejudices in Superfund sites
A new report by the Shriver Center on Poverty Law highlights the disproportionate manner in which Superfund sites - home to the country's most hazardous waste - affect low-income people of color in the U.S.The report, released Tuesday, underscores what the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Housing and Urban Development signaled in 2017: 70 percent of the country's Superfund sites listed on the National Priorities List are located within a mile of government-assisted housing. As a result, over 1,000 federally assisted housing buildings, an estimated 77,000 people, live within a mile of a Superfund site.
In a speech delivered before the Citizens' Convention, Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed his intention to halve urban land. Here are the impacts it could have on the architecture of cities, and the prices of new housing.
No longer concreting around cities. This is one of the big ecological goals posted by Emmanuel Macron on Monday. Relying on the proposals of the Citizens' Convention, the President thus reaffirmed his desire to divide urbanizable areas by two. Less tar, more grass: Emmanuel Macron also called for a moratorium on the construction of new commercial areas, and on the sanctuarization of agricultural land. "To stop the concreteisation is a project to make our country more human, basically more beautiful," he explains. The President of the Republic has finally denounced the phenomenon of sprawling housing around cities, which he considers to be one of the reasons for "bad living" in medium-sized cities.
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If the proposals of the Climate Convention, defended by the Head of State, were to be effectively applied ... they could serve as a trigger for several small urban revolutions. Here are a few, not exhaustive.
Buildings with more floors
First, the scarcity of building land could favor the emergence of taller buildings. The more floors they have, the more cities could build new housing on smaller areas. Last spring, the idea was also defended by the National Housing Council, whose objective was already (before the Covid crisis) to prepare a recovery plan for the construction of housing in France. The advisory body has finalized a detailed report to this effect to the Minister of Housing.
Building permits, credit: negative signals accumulate for new housing
© jhorrocks / Getty Images Building permits, credit: negative signals accumulate for new housing Between March and May, the issuance of permits to build fell 40%. And this indicator is far from being the only one to portend a dark year for new real estate. Because of the coronavirus, tens of thousands of buildings and houses may not be built this year in France, raising fears of a lasting crisis while the need for housing remains strong.
“Currently, the average height of buildings in our cities is R + 3 floors, or R + 4. We could go to R + 5 or R + 6 in future years ”, deduced Henry Buzy-Cazaux, the founding president of the Institute of Management of Real Estate Services.
Nevertheless, as underlined by the Federation of Real Estate Developers (FPI), "it is the elected officials who determine land rights", through local town planning plans. In order for the architecture of cities to evolve towards higher heights, communities will therefore have to redesign their entire urban planning policy. Which does not seem like an easy task.Brownfields to prioritize
The other major axis defended by the Climate Convention to save concrete floors is renovation. One of his proposals therefore consists in "prohibiting any artificialisation of land as long as rehabilitations or brownfields commercial, artisanal or industrial are possible in the existing urban envelope." Clearly: no new soil artificialization possible if there are available areas. "We will not make the city sustainable only by renovating the existing fabric," warns the FPI. "The sustainable city involves [...] projects to recover brownfields, or to promote a mix between housing, service and trade", wants to assert the Federation of Real Estate Developers.
Numerous improvements for the Crosser - KTM SX models 2021
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New smaller houses ... or more expensive?
Last annoying question: the prices of new real estate. Already in difficulty, the sector is unable to sufficiently renew its stock of new housing for sale. However, if building land becomes more scarce, it will also become more expensive ... This scarcity, by extension, is one of the reasons for. “At first, it will be hard for promoters!”, Anticipates Henry Buzy-Cazaux. They will have to reinvent their processes, by succeeding in selling at the same price, but with more expensive land to acquire.
The president of IMSI also expects individual new houses to become smaller and smaller, as a strong trend linked to the explosion of land prices. In ten years, he illustrates, the average plots of individual houses in Brittany or Occitania have measured between 800 and 1,000 square meters. Just before the crisis, they were only 200. “There will be a new way of thinking about individual houses. For example, having back-to-back houses in small towns, or adding floors to single-story houses. ”
Coronavirus mortality in Italy is highest among poor, study shows .
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