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Deficient housing

Having a space of your own is having the right environment for a better future...but this isn't always the case, mainly when talking about housing units
Deficient housing
One of the photographs of the series “Alta densidad” (“High Density”) - Photo: Courtesy of JORGE TABOADA
07/05/2018
09:31
Mexico City
Newspaper Leader by EL UNIVERSAL
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Each day, more Mexican families have the opportunity to acquire a home. Being a homeowner means, mainly for thousands of couples, leaving behind the overcrowded place they lived in, which is usually the home of one of the parents. Having a space of your own is having the right environment for a better future...but this isn't always the case, mainly when talking about housing units.

Housing unit apartments and houses look very different from the ground than they do from the air, like the images taken by architect Jorge Taboada present in a series called “Alta densidad” (“High Density”), of which EL UNIVERSAL present today a selection.

There are dozens, hundreds, thousands of homes which are virtually the same: the same colors, the same shapes, the same finishes. Everything according to geometrical proportions. Yet from above, they are just large expansions of concrete, with almost no vegetation. There are almost no common areas, like schools or parks.

The author of this photographic series has his particular way of viewing it: “It seems like the evil plan of a mind who wants to submit the population to order. They're sinister paradises.”

Most real estate developers meet the minimum requirements and forget to include the elements so inhabitants develop a sense of community. Housing units are usually located far from workplaces and schools; and you can add the complaints about utilities such as water, electricity, sewage, and that most homes only have two bedrooms.

This deficiencies, in the long run, become additional expenses for governments, as they have to provide education and improve access roads, to name a few.

Authorities have also intervened to expand these small spaces with programs such as the “Pink Room” or “One More Room” which seek not only to reduce overcrowding but also to provide a new area where the women of the house are able to live.

Researchers have pointed out that becoming a homeowner is a vital step for breaking the circle of poverty. When people have their own homes, they are less likely to catch diseases and the children can have their own space to study, in addition, that this contributes to improving your credit history.

This isn't just about providing a property so real estate developers keep raking in the cash, housing units require a careful planning and official supervision to provide quality of life to its inhabitants.

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