Karl Deeter

Karl Deeter

Articles from Karl Deeter

Helping those who can already help themselves

Helping those who can already help themselves

If you’re able to provide for yourself, then the state shouldn’t intercede to provide you with personal or corporate welfare

Time to do the Viennese waltz on social housing

Time to do the Viennese waltz on social housing

A new presentation makes clear that the Austrian housing model is something we in Ireland could learn from

What you hear, as opposed to what you’re told

What you hear, as opposed to what you’re told

There is a disconnect in the planning process that means designing in response to what people are saying they want and need will frequently get you a firm ‘No’

Down to the woods to go up in the world

Down to the woods to go up in the world

Let’s stop talking about ‘high-rise’ buildings and call them ‘mid-rise’ instead. And while we’re at it, throw some wood on the pile

Why we need to raise the property tax

Why we need to raise the property tax

Using property tax to fund social and affordable housing is not a radical idea: it is done elsewhere as a matter of course

Where have all the towers gone?

Where have all the towers gone?

Every time conservation-ists moan about the loss of a little bit of skyline, we should celebrate new buildings housing more people

Benefiting the wealthy, forsaking  the needy

Benefiting the wealthy, forsaking the needy

Our farcical social housing system is undercharging those who can afford private sector rent, while denying those who cannot

Hap flaw will only exacerbate the crisis

Hap flaw will only exacerbate the crisis

Senseless policy error effectively forces landlords to evict non-paying social housing tenants

Killing the cure won’t help anybody

Killing the cure won’t help anybody

Let’s intervene with assistance for those that need it, rather than a blanket move that does more damage to innocent parties

Yes, Hap is social housing

Yes, Hap is social housing

Harking back to the construction figures of the 1950s, an awful decade, is irrelevant

‘Lower property tax’ might sound good, but ‘local services that work’ need to be paid for

‘Lower property tax’ might sound good, but ‘local services that work’ need to be paid for

In Ireland, we want ‘all in together’ on the receiving of beneficial outcomes, but ‘tax somebody else’ when it comes to supporting the cost of this

Of course property tax should go up

Of course property tax should go up

There is no reason why the rest of us should defend the cashflows of people who are asset millionaires

Council flats: Rip them up and start again

Council flats: Rip them up and start again

They’re frequently unfit for human habitation - but in prime locations. We need to think bigger

We need to talk about council housing

We need to talk about council housing

It’s often seen as a sacred cow, but public housing - whisper it - ought to be reassessed soon

An industrial revolution of landlords

An industrial revolution of landlords

We need to talk about the effect that the activities of large-scale landlords are having on first-time buyers