[lit-ideas] Re: [lit-id] The Poverty of Heritage

You've lost track of the fact that I quoted certain items from the Heritage
report and that various people including you took issue with what I quoted.
I never said anything about the cost of housing in Europe.  I only quoted
the report which referred to size.  That is the issue.  If you want to have
a different discussion, about cost, then I shan't join because I haven't run
across anything on that. 

 

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LH>However, the author of the United Nations Housing Indicators report 

LH>asserts that, in most cases, the average housing size in major cities 

LH>can be taken as roughly representative of the nation as a whole. 

 

It isn't the average housing size that's the issue (pace Pollitt) it's the

*cost* (which also of course varies with size).  Housing in London 

(and parts of the SouthEast) is massively more expensive than elsewhere

in the UK.  

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Note footnote 11 of the Heritage report:  "See Katha Pollitt, "Poverty:
Fudging the Numbers," The Nation, November 2, 1998. Pollitt argues that it
is misleading to compare the living space of poor Americans nationwide to
that of average citizens in major cities in other nations, since European
cities, in particular, have small housing units that are not representative
of their entire nations. However, the author of the United Nations Housing
Indicators report asserts that, in most cases, the average housing size in
major cities can be taken as roughly representative of the nation as a
whole. A comparison of the data in Table 4 and Appendix Table A would appear
to confirm this."

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