Servizio Comunitario di Informazione in materia di Ricerca e Sviluppo - CORDIS

Report 3c: Large Housing Estates in Hungary, Policies and practices

In this report, similarly to other participating countries, the following questions are answered for Hungary:
What is the philosophy behind the different existing policies with regard to large-scale housing estates in different European cities?
What are the main aims?
What are the main activities included in policies and what is the balance between these activities?
How are policies organised?
Who participates in the policy and who has decided about this participation?
Can the policy be seen as a top-down or as a bottom-up process?
What are the advantages and the disadvantages of these approaches?
Has the policy, the way that it is organised and the way that it is perceived by residents and others changed over the time period that it has been in place?
Our findings support the previous assumption that unlike in many "older" EU countries, in Hungary - presumably like in other CEE countries - policies for the renewal of large-scale housing estates are just beginning. This is true despite the fact that large housing estates constitute a huge segment of the housing market. In Hungary they house approximately 20% of the population. Precisely due to this large share we cannot talk about their crisis in the same sense like in the case of the "older" EU countries: housing estates in Hungary are not marginalized yet, as they present a viable solution to the housing problem of a wide startum from the lower middle class to the middle class. However, they have begun to deteriorate, and serious investments are necessary to impede any further deterioration or the beginning of a slumming process.

Reported by

Metropolitan Research Institute
Lonyay utca 34
H-1093 Budapest
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