Originally published in 1979, this book discusses housing improvement, and particularly its effects upon the residential population of the inner areas of West London. The economic and social rationale is explained, and the role of landlords, developers and local authorities is analysed. The book concentrates both on the defects of the improvement process as a whole, and on the application of housing legislation within a specific geographical area. Housing improvement is related to the debate about the inequality of wealth by implicitly questioning who benefits and who loses from improvement policy.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Urban Housing Renewal 3. Housing Stress in Inner London 4. Housing Rehabilitation in Inner London 5. The Relationship Between the Distribution of Improvement Grants and Socio-Economic Indicators in West London 6. The Distribution of Improvement Grants in the General Improvement and Housing Action Areas of West London 7. Socio-Economic Change in the General Improvement and Housing Action Areas of West London 8. Conclusions.
Paul N. Balchin was formerly Reader in Urban Economics, University of Greenwich, UK.