Housing Crisis: Who can still afford to live in the city? | DW Documentary Video

Who can still afford to live in the city? | DW Documentary

DW – November 26, 2021 – Deutsche Welle (pronounced [ˈdɔʏtʃə ˈvɛlə] (About this soundlisten); “German Wave” in German) or DW is a German public state-owned international broadcaster funded by the German federal tax budget.[3][1][2]

In cities around the world, housing prices are skyrocketing while incomes aren’t keeping pace. Housing is a human right that is becoming increasingly evasive. A market gone wild is putting the squeeze on tenants. The documentary film sheds light on a new kind of faceless landlord, our increasingly unlivable cities and an escalating crisis that is impacting us all. This is not gentrification – it’s a different kind of monster.          

Across the globe, rental prices in cities are skyrocketing and long-term tenants are being driven out of their apartments. The film follows Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing from 2014 to 2020, as she travels the globe, trying to understand who’s being pushed out of the city and why. Housing is a human right, a precondition to a safe and healthy life. But in a number of cities, having a place to live is becoming more and more difficult.

Farha’s investigation leads her to a social housing project in the Swedish city of Uppsala, where several thousand apartments abruptly changed hands; to the trendy London district of Notting Hill, where many urban mansions are vacant; to Berlin, the German capital; and to Valparaíso in Chile. She also heads to the green hinterland of Seoul and the New York district of Harlem, where one tenant’s rent has been raised from 2,400 to 3,500 dollars from one day to the next for his 70-square-meter home.

Besides interviewing desperate tenants, the journalist speaks with sociologist Saskia Sassen, economist and Nobel Prize laureate Joseph Stiglitz, and writer Roberto Saviano. They vividly explain how the transformation of the housing market into capital assets that are traded like stocks or commodities has culminated in a global social crisis within just a few years.

“I believe there’s a huge difference between housing as a commodity and gold as a commodity. Gold is not a human right, housing is,” says Leilani Farha. That is why she founded “The Shift,” a global initiative that brings together advocates, mayors and NGOs, to counter the unbridled transformation of housing into financial assets. #documentary #housing #dwdocumentary #freedocumentary ______

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  • Dennis Albert  On 12/04/2021 at 1:37 pm

    The decline of the first world, by emulating the Hong Kong life in cages.

  • wally n  On 12/04/2021 at 4:11 pm

    Gold is not a human right, housing is,” says Leilani Farha. what!!!!!!Really, Liberal BS but If she accepts that comprised officials allowed the manipulation of housing,maybe. In Toronto Government housing, there are many with three generations, none were meant for that, hopeful that families would move on so that others may move in.The focus on homeowners, which is what it really is, misguided, the Government answer is usually ghetto.
    Maybe farha and her buddies come up with solutions,not like the English/British home owners with space should be willing to share,something the Canadian Government thinks, but afraid to mention.
    I am not ready to share, accommodate,help anyone but my family, let the government sort that out, maybe with foreign ownership thingee….

    • Dennis Albert  On 12/04/2021 at 8:19 pm

      Blame the oligarchs in Toronto who import cheap labour from densely populated hell holes where it’s common for seven people to share a bed inside a cage. Hong Kong and India have cities where a man sleeps with his wife and five daughters inside a cage.

  • Dennis Albert  On 12/04/2021 at 8:46 pm

    Middle class Indian youth regrets moving to Canada:

    • Kman  On 12/08/2021 at 3:39 pm

      This seems of a somewhat made up story.
      Why is some items quoted in dollars and others in rupees? That is the first clue.

  • wally n  On 12/05/2021 at 11:28 am

    SOLUTION ALERT…try again…
    How thousands of asylum seekers have turned Roxham Road into a de facto border crossing……… as an illegal…hotel paid…food free..college free
    Don’t be a dope.
    BTW your problems are nothing compared to what Canadians are suffering through now, and since you have a country to jump back into…..winner winner chicken dinner

    • Dennis Albert  On 12/05/2021 at 4:17 pm

      Are these refugees buying up trap houses and farmland for millions of dollars in Canada?
      Guyanese living abroad tell me that they work for C$2,500 a month, but the slumlord wants C$2,000 in rent.

  • wally n  On 12/05/2021 at 5:03 pm

    My last comment…international organization for these (most) illegals buy the land/housing for them interest free..not to help HOUSING PROBLEMS has more to do electoral repositioning..in the city, housing problem been there forever, young people (Canadians) don’t have international organizations giving interest free cash, but the liberal government dumps thousands of illegals into the mix, they can stay in hotels until the time to compete for housing.
    here is the government mindset….

    TORONTO — A Toronto city councillor says a provision that allows only Ahmadiyya Muslims access to a city-subsidized apartment building is not unfair.

    This is a government,problem they know every illegal getting free housing is a vote for life.
    Matter of fact I don’t give a rat’s ass, the system is already corrupted.

    ima out!!!!

  • Dennis Albert  On 12/06/2021 at 5:12 am

    Blame the Muslims and the Black American refugees while the Russians and Chinese buy up Canada and make Canadian homeless.

  • Dennis Albert  On 12/10/2021 at 1:47 pm

    Rupees, but Guyanese living in Canada tell me that employers are hiring cheaper foreign labour to replace salaried full time, while rents are extortionate doesn’t make sense, unless those cheaper labour are willing to fit twenty in a 3 bedroom apartment.

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