Story: Housing and government

Housing the poor

This 1904 cartoon highlights some of the problems in the housing market. A lack of affordable and good-quality inner-city dwellings meant many poor families were paying high rents to grasping landlords for slum-like homes. At the same time elderly homeowners felt threatened by influential people calling for the razing of their dilapidated cottages. Such plans created the problem of where to re-house those whose homes were demolished. The cartoon suggests that private developers were reluctant to build cheap and sound housing because they feared tenants might trash them. The solution was for the city council to erect model homes for workers.

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National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past
Reference: Observer, 23 April 1904, p. 12

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Ben Schrader, 'Housing and government - Immigration barracks to workers’ dwellings', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/32419/housing-the-poor (accessed 18 October 2019)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 20 Jun 2012