Reference : Social mix and housing policy: local effects of a misleading rhetoric. The case of Milan
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Social mix and housing policy: local effects of a misleading rhetoric. The case of Milan
Bricocoli, Massimo mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Integrative Research Unit: Social and Individual Development (INSIDE) >]
Cucca, Roberta mailto []
Urban Studies
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United Kingdom
[en] housing policies ; Neighbourhoods ; social mix
[en] The article focuses on different uses of the concept of social mix and on emerging criticalities of
its use as a planning principle by discussing the results of empirical research on recent housing
projects in Milan, Italy. Although the concept of social mix is generally represented as a tool to
improve the living conditions of disadvantaged social groups, the praise for social mix in new
housing projects may also be driven by the will of targeting the needs of specific medium–low
income groups considered functional to urban growth, and by the increase of real estate values
that it may provide. In urban contexts affected by a severe shortage of rental housing, social mix
strategies may foster the exclusion of lowest-income groups from access to social housing and
favour their segregation. Especially with reference to southern European cities, social mix risks
becoming a catchword with paradoxical effects in local policy agendas and the topic of mixed
communities becoming employed as a socio-political lever for developer-led, profit-making
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