Romanian Suburban Housing: Home Improvement through Owner-building

  title={Romanian Suburban Housing: Home Improvement through Owner-building},
  author={Adriana Mihaela Soaita},
  journal={Urban Studies},
  pages={2084 - 2101}
  • A. Soaita
  • Published 24 January 2013
  • Economics
  • Urban Studies
The new suburban housing developments in post-socialist cities have been ubiquitous icons of socioeconomic and physical change. This paper examines suburban owner-built housing as a long-term strategy of home improvement in Romania. It analyses residents’ motivations and financial strategies to move up the housing ladder through owner-building and their responses to key neighbourhood problems, in particular poor public infrastructure and non-existent public facilities. It is argued that owner… 

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