Foreclosed Houses in Suburbs Like Cicero
Designing in urban planning has been an important factor contributing to the foreclosure crisis. In finding solutions, the focus has been solely on the financial aspect ignoring this side.
The majority of the populations in the suburbs are Latino immigrants. The houses constructed during the housing boom were single-family units so as to enable speculators to quickly flip. But it had other consequences. Five or even six families squeezed into one house and this led to social and economic tensions.
Now that it has be done what can be done? The houses need to match the size of families and not the reverse. Should the present stock then be bulldozed? No. Alternatively the present stock of vacant properties could be renovated to meet present needs.Cicero, a suburb of Chicago can be held up as an example. Here the problem is focusing on the innumerable deserted factories that are surrounding the foreclosed abandoned units.