Vienna's public housing is a paragon for the world

Vienna's public housing is a paragon for the world
Metzleinstaler Hof, completed in 1924, is an example of the first wave of Gemeindebau construction. (Image: Bloomberg)
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By Richard Conway The housing crunch that the growing city of Vienna faced a century ago might seem strikingly familiar today. Private developers in the Austrian capital were good at building elegant luxury residences and substandard tenements for the poor, but they had failed to create enough units to allow average residents to live in decent comfort at an affordable price. In response, Vienna’s Social Democratic government pursued a solution that modern cities still struggle to emulate: a massive construction pr...

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