Accordingto MohammedAlshuwaikhat & Adenle (2016), Boulder,Colorado is in the middle of a housing crisis. This region is wellknown for its efforts of controlling the urban sprawl (Nelson,Dawkins & Sanchez, 2012).Some of the techniques that Boulder has adopted include placing arestriction on the number of new constructions and placing checks onthe rate of population growth. As a result of these initiatives, thehousing prices have continuously increased making it hard for some ofthe citizens to afford the houses (Saitta,Cascioli & Throupe, 2015).Many housing advocates are concerned about the role of rent incausing poverty (Nelson,Dawkins & Sanchez, 2012).A housing crisis occurs if the cost of obtaining a home is far moreexpensive than the cost of building it and not when the people arepoor (Saitta,Cascioli & Throupe, 2015).
Boulderis a progressive city. However, the results of its planning onhousing rents are regressive.It is becoming very hard for the middleand low-income earners to afford homes in this region since theprices are not friendly, and they would increase the economicproblems of the households (MohammedAlshuwaikhat & Adenle, 2016).As a result of the rise in rents, there have been distinctions inwhere certain socio-economic groups can reside. The residentialneighborhoods are now categorized by various income segments wherethe rich live in the affluent suburbs while the less fortunate resultto live in the poorer sectors of the region (Nelson,Dawkins & Sanchez, 2012).The planning related shortages in housing impose many challenges forthe low-income earning households while creating abnormal profits forthe already wealthy landlords (Saitta,Cascioli & Throupe, 2015).It is, therefore, important to analyze whether this practice oftaking from the poor and giving to the rich reflect the real valuesof Boulder.
Manycitizens strive to own a home one day where they can rest undisturbed(Nelson,Dawkins & Sanchez, 2012).This vision is part of the American economic mobility strategy. Thepoor people living in the rentals face a lot of issues such as lowlevels of security and privacy. These neighborhoods have high ratesof disease prevalence which result from the frequent negligence ofhygiene, elevated levels of usage of drugs and low levels of physicalactivities (Saitta,Cascioli & Throupe, 2015).There is a positive relationship between the performance of thechildren in the schools and type of homes they dwell. Those childrenliving in rental houses perform worse than those living in theirhomes (MohammedAlshuwaikhat & Adenle, 2016).
Thepricing of the homes in Boulder is about four times that of the pricein other regions with similar houses. There are no moral or ethicaljustifications for subjecting some individuals to poor livingconditions due to the excessive pricing of mortgages (Nelson,Dawkins & Sanchez, 2012).The authorities should develop effective policies that regulate thepricing of the houses, but it would be better if there were federalregulations on the pricing of homes (MohammedAlshuwaikhat & Adenle, 2016).These initiatives would ensure that the citizens can afford to livein decent houses and no exploitation occurs against the low-incomeearners.
Urbanrenewal is a plan crafted to re-develop land in the regions withmedium and high population densities and land usage (Nelson,Dawkins & Sanchez, 2012).It entails both the physical and infrastructural adjustments in landusage. This initiative would ensure environmental rehabilitation andmaximum land usage which would be essential in ensuring sustainablesocio-economic, political and technical environments (MohammedAlshuwaikhat & Adenle, 2016).This strategy could be transformational as it would eliminate themisuse of land and increase more spaces for building residentialstructures in the congested cities. An increase in the number ofavailable houses would help to reduce the prices associated with theexcess demand (Nelson,Dawkins & Sanchez, 2012).Prices will reduce as the excess demand can be met and the regularprices will prevail.
Thelow-income earners can afford quality housing once the pricesstabilize. The problem of urban sprawling would reduce once there isthe maximum usage of the urban land (Saitta,Cascioli & Throupe, 2015).The effects of urban sprawl are evident in many large cities whichencounter annoying traffic and excessive parking lot (Nelson,Dawkins & Sanchez, 2012).In most cases, the urban sprawling occurs in a disorganized mannerwhich later brings some problems such as challenges in theinfrastructural development and sometimes the development ofsegregated suburbs. The primary reason for urban sprawling is the lowlevels of standards that the city residential spaces observe and thehigh prices (MohammedAlshuwaikhat & Adenle, 2016).Therefore the individuals prefer to live in the suburbs with a lowerprice and quality housing which leads to the development of the urbanplaces in unplanned dimensions (Saitta,Cascioli & Throupe, 2015).
Urbanrenewal would ensure that the events that compromise the generalwellbeing of the urban areas are eliminated. All the residents andthe city, in general, would benefit from such a restructuring as theoperations would proceed as planned and there would be theminimization of resource wastage (Nelson,Dawkins & Sanchez, 2012).The increase in the total amount of housing in the urban areas wouldmean that those residing in towns and cities would cease looking forhomes from outside the city. When development or expansion of theurban places is necessary, it will be conducted in a planned andorganized manner to minimize the wastage of the natural resources(Saitta,Cascioli & Throupe, 2015).The low-income earners are the ones who would benefit most from thisinitiative as they would be empowered to afford a home in the city ata convenient price (Nelson,Dawkins & Sanchez, 2012).
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