7 episodes

Hidden Cities is a podcast about the invisible infrastructure that shapes our urban spaces and experiences.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

Hidden Cities is a podcast about the invisible infrastructure that shapes our urban spaces and experiences.

    The Australian Dream

    The Australian Dream

    This episode draws together themes from across the series, to explore how global trends in housing are being felt in Australia. Dallas Rogers describes the policy settings, national narratives and ongoing settler-colonial relationships that have enabled the Australian Dream of home ownership. 

    • 16 min
    Housing Financialisation and Human Rights

    Housing Financialisation and Human Rights

    In her role as United Nations Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, Leilani Farha explored the role of housing financialisation in the wake of the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. This episode investigates the link between housing rights and human rights, and the global financial instruments that threaten them. 

    • 25 min
    Inclusionary Zoning

    Inclusionary Zoning

    Inclusionary zoning is a land use planning intervention that creates incentives or mandates for developers to provide a certain percentage of affordable housing dwellings. Inclusionary zoning is often cited as a solution to improve access to housing, but how much impact can this planning policy have? This episode discusses the potentials and limitations of inclusionary zoning in both Melbourne (with Kate Raynor, University of Melbourne and New York (with Samuel Stein, CUNY).

    • 27 min
    Build To Rent

    Build To Rent

    Build to rent refers to apartment blocks or larger developments that are specifically designed for rental occupation, and held in single ownership as long-term revenue-generating assets. Hal Pawson describes how these development are increasing in use in the United States, but are less common in Australia. Build to rent is sometimes promoted as a strategy for improving housing affordability, but what would the impact of this strategy be?  

    • 26 min
    Short Stay Accommodation

    Short Stay Accommodation

    Since short stay accommodation arrived in Australia, there has been much speculation about the impact of Airbnb, Stayz and similar platforms on rental availabiltiy and housing affordability. Julia Verdouw and colleagues at the University of Tasmania have conducted research to provide some statistics and evidence to support these claims in Tasmania. 

    • 25 min
    Negative Gearing

    Negative Gearing

    In the lead up to the 2019 election, there was a lot of conflicting information about what changes to negative gearing would mean for the economy, and for housing affordability. The Grattan Institute released a report called Hot Property: negative gearing and capital gains tax, detailing what negative gearing costs the government, who benefits, and opportunities for how the policy might be adjusted into the future. Danielle Wood, (CEO), speaks to Hidden Cities to explain what is Negative Gearing? Who uses it? What does it cost the government? Why was it so controversial in the 2019 federal election? And mostly - what impact does it have on housing affordability?

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Aaannnnggggg ,

Fantastic - much needed conversation

A much needed conversation and expose on what is happening with housing. Well done

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