In 1945 the Labour Government set out to enable everyone to have a decent home, where people from all walks of life could live together. This dream was destroyed by a succession of avoidable mistakes and almost everyone now seems to believe that it is impossible to rediscover that vision. This book challenges that fatalism, tracing the policy mistakes that have given rise to this inequitable state from the folly of mass housing to the unfair tax privileges of many home owners. Holmes describes and advocates a new vision for the new millennium, finding solutions variously in development, planning, economic structures, social reform, and political reassessment to narrow the gap between rich and poor and enable people in all housing tenures to finally have a choice.
'Chris Holmes's book will stand as the key text for students, for housing practitioners, and for housing policy makers. Bad news for all of us planning to write a book which would only ever have been half as good.' - Richard Best, ROOF Magazine
1. Homes fit for Heroes 2. Rise of home ownership 3. The mass housing disaster 4. The changing nature of social housing 5. Managing social housing 6. Building sustainable communities 7. Putting an end to homelessness 8. Widening choice 9. All sorts of people 10. Liverpool: a city re-born 11. London: a world city 12. Oases of excellence 13. Conclusions