Hugo Priemus

Hugo Priemus
Delft University of Technology | TU · OTB Research Institute for the Built Environment

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Between 1950 and 1990, housing was the driving force behind the spatial growth of the Randstad. Growth poles (1970s) and later VINEX locations (1990–2010) were the main components of growth management. Transport infrastructure has developed greatly since the 1920s. Since 1990, infrastructure development has increasingly become the structuring force...
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The Dutch housing finance system is remarkable for its high level of national mortgage debt (110 percent of GDP), which is the result of the Dutch system of mortgage interest deduction for income tax and the guarantee fund for home owners. Another remarkable feature is the large social rental sector, which represents 32 percent of the housing stock...
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At the beginning of the financial crisis in 2008, the Dutch housing associations were in the position to perform a kind of anti-cyclical housing production that could save, at least partially, the total housing production in the Netherlands. In this contribution, we give insight into the way the housing associations managed to fulfil this specific...
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Housing reform : advisory board opinions come up against political realities in the Netherlands This article studies the way in which the world of politics is responding to the urgent need to reform the housing market in the Netherlands -a need acknowledged by more or less everyone -and examines the effectiveness and influence of university resear...
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This paper describes to what extent a more or less collective feeling of urgency to reform the Dutch housing market is addressed in the political arena. By doing that, it sheds some light on the effectiveness and influence of academic research and recommendations on the political decision making process. We conclude that the suggestion of several a...
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The global credit crunch had a deep impact on the mortgage markets in Europe, including the Netherlands. When the credit crunch transformed into a debt crisis, this impact deepened. The impact of the credit crunch and the debt crisis (together: the global financial crisis) on the Dutch housing market is described here. The Dutch government started...
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The most important development determining current housing-market and housing policies worldwide is the credit crunch. When the problems exploded on US mortgage markets, a banking crisis started in the US and later in other parts of the world. From a scientific viewpoint there is insufficient knowledge about the relation between an economic crisis...
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One positive consequence of a credit crisis is that academics and other experts shift their attention somewhat from owner-occupied housing to rental housing. All over the world, the general effects of the financial crisis on housing markets are apparent: less residential mobility, fewer home sales, lower home sales prices, and a shift in demand fro...
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The size of the Dutch social housing sector, with a 32 per cent share of the housing stock, has prompted concerns over the 'level playing field' of competition between social and commercial housing providers. In 2007, this concern culminated in a complaint from the Dutch Association of Institutional Investors (IVBN) to the European Commission, with...
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This paper describes to what extent a more or less collective feeling of urgency to reform the Dutch housing market is addressed in the political arena. By doing that, it sheds some light on the effectiveness and influence of academic research and recommendations on the political decision making process. We conclude that the suggestion of several a...
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Current housing finance systems are mostly a poor reflection of the government's policy priorities. This paper explains how the current Dutch housing finance system works, and analyses its weaknesses against the backdrop of a well-functioning housing market and national policy goals. It specifically looks at recent proposals and some building block...
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This paper is about the many pitfalls in the decision-making process on mega-projects, and how to deal with them. I present first a summary of the pitfalls, derived from hands-on experience and recent publications on large-scale projects in transport infrastructure. Then I explain how experts and the author of this contribution think these pitfalls...
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This contribution deals with the impact of the credit crunch on the Dutch housing market and the policy responses of the Dutch government so far. Reinhart and Rogoff have presented an overview of credit crises after WW II: what are the general characteristics and impacts? Also in the Netherlands, banking problems were imported from the US. The open...
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Bos & Lommer is a district in the west of Amsterdam. The new centre, consisting of the district office, 96 apartments, a few dozen businesses and shops, a two-storey parking lot with capacity for more than 500 cars, and a market place, was completed in 2004. Less than 2 years later, in July 2006, this whole multifunctional complex had to be urgentl...
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The economic importance of accommodating container transport and the increasing demand for container-handling capacity are major triggers for conventional ports to develop container terminals. The port of Vlissingen, located between Rotterdam and Antwerp, is aspiring to gain a position in deep-sea container handling. A relevant factor that greatly...
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This paper shows how the social rented sector is being put under pressure in the Netherlands. It even looks as if the Dutch social rented sector is to be abolished with effect from 1 January 1995. It investigates how this has come about, without any right to buy, without political upheavals, indeed even without heated debates. It first looks at the...
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The key question addressed in this paper is: do Design & Construct (D&C) contracts for infrastructure projects stimulate innovation? Following an overview of the goals and background for adopting D&C contracts, a case study is presented: the tendering procedure for the High Speed Railway link between Amsterdam and the Belgian–Dutch border. There wa...
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The distribution of Particulate Matter in the atmosphere, resulting from emissions produced by cars, trucks, ships, industrial estates and agricultural complexes, is a topical public health problem that has increased in recent decades due to environmental factors in advanced economies in particular. This contribution relates the health impact cause...
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This paper discusses the role of government mortgage guarantee schemes in housing policy. It explores different types of government mortgage guarantee scheme, which play different roles, in eight countries. Mortgage guarantee schemes interfere in the mortgage market in order to improve access to mortgages. Such guarantees can be shaped as self-supp...
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Low-cost operations have traditionally formed the competitive edge of inland shipping. Because of the exploitation of these comparative advantages, the barge sector has succeeded in gaining a substantial market share in container transport. The cost and quality performance of terminals play a major role in improving the competitiveness of container...
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The central research questions in this contribution are: how are spatial-economic investment projects assessed, selected and prioritized nation wide, and how can the role of Parliament be defined and, if necessary, be strengthened? In practice, this centres on the issue of how to avoid “entrapment”. A critical assessment of the current Dutch polici...
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Technological artefacts are physical/material as well as social constructions. Both the function and meaning of technical artefacts are mainly socially constructed. Usually the function of a technical artefact is taken to determine its use, but in particular in housing a close interrelation between use and meaning is also observed. The use and the...
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This contribution explores the relationship between housing policy, which is the responsibility of national governments, and competition policy, including the decision on the legitimacy of state support, which is the responsibility of the European Commission (EC). The paper paints a general picture of EU policy on competition and state support and...
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The new European Reform Treaty, which was agreed politically in 2007, includes a separate protocol which allows European member states considerable freedom to organize and run their social amenities - including social housing. It appears that housing associations are eligible for state support, but only provided certain conditions are met. This arr...
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This book addresses the role of railways in urban development. Our central aim is to inquire into how the renaissance of railways since the end of the 20th century (especially the development of high-speed rail and light rail links) will affect European cities. The analyses are carried out with special attention given to the broader institutional e...
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'...The editors and the expert contributors provide a timely overview of the present role and challenges of intermodal freight transport... the book will not only be appealing to academics and researchers with an interest in the emerging field of intermodal transport research. As the book is largely kept at an executive and policy level, it is also...
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This book addresses the role of railways in urban development. The central aim is to inquire into how especially the development of high-speed rail and light rail links will affect European cities. The analyses are carried out with special attention given to the broader institutional environment of the railway system, including the shift toward pri...
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Decision-making on mega-projects is beset by a multitude of problems. Cost overruns and disappointing achievements are already well documented. Some of these pitfalls appear in the initial stages of the decision-making: the absence of an appropriate problem analysis, the lack of alternatives, ambiguities about scope, no programme of functional requ...
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Since 1989, Dutch housing policy has been changing to allow more scope for market forces. This article will evaluate the spatial disparities related to these policy changes in the development of the housing market in the Randstad region of the Netherlands. The evaluation is placed in an international perspective by drawing a comparison between the...
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A system innovation is a cross-organizational qualitative intervention that various system participants bring about together through their various contributions of different kinds of knowledge and skill. The term refers to the innovation of an entire system involving many actors. Spatial development refers to both the dynamic in land use, and chang...
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This chapter addresses the following question: how does the housing allowance scheme operate in the Netherlands, balancing between the goals of affordability and housing quality and the need to control public budgets? It considers the role of housing allowances in Dutch housing policy and sketches how housing allowances have captured a prominent pl...
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The Dutch Parliamentary Commission on Infrastructural Projects has conducted a parliamentary inquiry into the decisionmaking process and implementation control in two major infrastructural projects: the Betuwe Freight Line between Rotterdam and Germany, and the HSL – Zuid—the high-speed rail link which will connect Amsterdam with Belgium and France...
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Introduction After the Second World War, bricks-and-mortar subsidies and rent control were introduced to ensure rented housing remained affordable in the Netherlands. The social rented sector was the main instrument for national government to stimulate housing production and safeguard affordable housing. In recent decades, a gradual shift has taken...
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This paper investigates the substratum and infrastructure networks as relevant components of spatial planning. Since 2001, in Dutch government documents on spatial planning the Layers Approach has been presented, with three layers: substratum; networks; occupation patterns. The Layers Approach assumes that the characteristics of the substratum prov...
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In the major Dutch cities, social rented housing in post-war neighbourhoods has been demolished and largely replaced by more expensive owner-occupied and rental housing. Through residential mobility, these measures can trigger substantial population changes. This paper studies residents' social capital in two recently restructured neighbourhoods in...
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The preparation and implementation of large infrastructure projects present many practical problems. Recent literature has devoted much attention to budget overruns and overestimation of returns, partly in relation to the presence of misinformation. In the Netherlands, the Parliamentary Commission on Infrastructure Projects (TCI) conducted an inqui...
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This paper deals with the central issue of the synergy between social capital and the revitalisation of urban neighbourhoods. Three research questions will be specified: 1) How can social success or failure of urban neighbourhoods be understood by adopting social capital theories? 2) How could neighbourhood revitalisation be supported by strengthen...
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In the Netherlands the regeneration of post-war urban districts is closely intertwined with the role of housing associations. This is hardly surprising, given that the housing associations have such a large share of the market (usually over 50%; sometimes nearly 100%) in many early post-war urban districts. This has caused a growing concentration o...
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Housing policy in the European Union is the exclusive domain of national governments. European authorities, however, are using their powers in the area of competition more and more to exert a far-reaching influence on policy areas where the Member States should be autonomous.In the Netherlands the Housing Act of 1901 forms the public framework for...
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In the Netherlands 95 per cent of all rents are regulated. The Housing Minister announced in her Rental Letter of November 2004 that this would be reduced to 75 per cent. At the same time she wants the housing associations to contribute €250 million a year to the increasing public expenditure on housing allowances and she wants the social and comme...
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We compare the current U.S. housing voucher program with the British housing benefit and the Dutch housing allowance programs. After presenting the theory behind income‐related housing support, which underpins both the U.S. and European systems, we compare the three programs with respect to their scope (the budgeted versus the entitlement approach)...
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According to the recent Housing Memorandum (MVROM, 2000 ), Dutch housing associations are expected to actively improve the control of tenants over their dwellings and their living environment and offer them more possibilities to choose their own type of tenure. Before the publication of the Memorandum, associations had already developed various inn...
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Here we deal with the issue of urban dynamics and spatial planning in large urban regions. We analyse the different stages of urbanization, identify what social and economic trends influence the spatial development of so-called Mega-City-Regions, and we investigate the impact of ICT on urban form. Finally, we determine what implications these urban...
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This paper examines income‐related housing support in Britain and the Netherlands. It considers the main issues that are at stake in current policy discussions, compares the arguments that are put forward in the two countries and draw conclusions about the future of income‐related housing support. In both Britain and the Netherlands political discu...
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This introductory contribution presents some results of the EURBANET project, dealing with European urban networks in the framework of the INTERREG IIC programme of the North‐western Metropolitan Area (NWMA). This project was conducted between 2000 and 2001 by researchers of Delft University of Technology, the University of Glasgow, the University...
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For decades, the main distinguishing feature of urban housing markets in advanced economies has been suburbanization. Many people with middle and higher incomes have left the city and settled in the suburbs. The spending power associated with the city centre is lost to the suburbs, which have become increasingly prosperous. The Americans have a wor...
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Recently, the Netherlands has been pursuing a new policy of urban renewal. Old urban renewal concentrated on pre-war urban districts and had a technical orientation. The predominant shift in tenure was from commercial to social rented housing. New urban renewal focuses on post-war urban districts and tries to solve the mismatch between a differenti...
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This article deals with the vulnerability of the Dutch housing allowance scheme. This scheme can be compared with the British housing benefit. The vulnerability of the scheme has been augmented by the current less favourable economic conditions (stagnating household incomes, increasing unemployment) and the Dutch government's announcement that it p...
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In Dutch urban renewal, we observe an implementation gap between dreaming and doing. Dutch national government recently proposed to focus urban renewal on more than 50 priority areas in the cities and to reduce urban renewal subsidies. It is not very likely that this policy will accelerate urban renewal. This contribution suggests a different appro...
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Megacorridors connecting the major urban regions in north-west Europe represent a major challenge for spatial governance. Collective action can only influence developments in these areas when it is innovative. Success depends on strong intersectoral, public–private, cross-border and central-local coordination. This paper discusses the various chall...
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Linear concepts such as the corridor have a long history in spatial and urban planning. The recent megacorridor or eurocorridor concept, proposed in the context of discussion on European territorial development, strives to integrate policies on infrastructure, urbanisation and economic development. As is shown by the example of the Netherlands, the...
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Recently a discussion flared up in the Netherlands on the effectivenessand efficiency of providers of social housing. Though most people feel that Dutch housing associations are run effectively, there are no data to underpin this conclusion. The government is not clear about the criteria for each housing association: most of the criteria are unquan...
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De Nederlandse regering beschikt sinds enige jaren over een Fonds Economische Structuurversterking (FES). De Interdepartementale Commissie Economische Structuurversterking (ICES), bestaande uit de secretarissen-generaal van de investeringsdepartementen adviseert het Kabinet over prioriteiten inzake ruimtelijk-economische investeringen. In dit verb...
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The social rented sector in the Netherlands has always had a very special status. Unlike many other countries, in the Netherlands this sector has never been regarded as a segment exclusively for low-income households. Consequently, neighbourhoods with large numbers of social rented dwellings have never been areas for low-income households only. Sin...
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This special issue of the Journal of Transport Geography sheds light on the obstinate relationship between mobility and spatial dynamics. Two classic causalities are dealt with: spatial dynamics influencing mobility; and mobility leading to certain forms of spatial dynamics. Very often the interaction between mobility and spatial dynamics is neglec...
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In the Netherlands several light rail projects are planned to be developed to give public transport in urban regions a new stimulus. Based on the experiences with urban public transport in France, Germany and Japan, this paper shows which conditions and strategies are needed to introduce light rail successfully in the Netherlands. In addition to st...
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In December 2000 the final version of the Dutch Housing Memorandum Whatpeople want, where people live was published, covering the period2000–2010. An increasing prosperity is expected, in combinationwith an increasing individualization, emancipation and multiculturalprofile of society. More individual freedom of choice for the citizen isthe point o...
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Here, segregation at the neighbourhood level within The Hague is analysed, showing how social and ethnic characteristics overlap and how this is articulated spatially. Evidence indicates that social and economic divisions may be increasing despite relatively high economic growth in the city. The more general implications of these findings for housi...
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In the process of increasing globalization, mainports play an important role. A number of gateways have emerged as transport nodes in the networks of air and sea routes which criss- cross the globe. Here, millions of travellers are transferred and millions of tonnes of freight are transhipped. Both Japan and the Netherlands play an important part i...
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The central question addressed in this paper is whether both thesocial and private rented sectors in Central and Eastern Europeancountries are based on robust institutions or constitute a no man''sland. The latter case is a position a landlord tries to avoid andpublic authorities try to abandon by promoting home-ownership.As we argue in this paper,...
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Since the 1970s, the cities in the Netherlands seem to have performed less well than the surrounding regions (Van der Vegt and Manshanden, 1996). The Gross Regional Product in the cities has grown less rapidly and unemployment in the cities has been consistently higher than in the regions. It seems likely that similar phenomena may be occurring in...
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Since 1997, the Netherlands Ministry of Housing has taken a new course in its effort to restructure urban neighbourhoods. Compared with traditional urban renewal policy, the new approach is both similar and different. The traditional policy was to ‘build for the neighbourhood’ and was thus mainly concerned with accommodating sitting tenants and pro...
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In this contribution we describe a number of current changes in social housing and social housing management, moving from a social profile to economic efficiency. We sketch conceivable future perspectives for the management of social housing. The authors anticipate increasing professionalization, a tendency towards a more businesslike approach with...
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In various countries we observe governments aiming to produce mixed income areas to reduce or prevent spatial segregation. This almost always implies a redifferentiation, or restructuring of the housing stock of low-income areas. This strategy has its advantages and disadvantages. Redifferentiation and restructuring are based on the idea that solut...
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The 'undivided city' has become a major policy aim of today's local urban politicians. Therefore, adequate insight in the relevant dimensions affecting the urban social divide seems to be required, if only to be able to formulate proper policy strategies. However, whereas the literature reveals that various factors are responsible for the rise of d...
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Ever since the publication of the Brundtland Report, Europe has been awash with policy documents on sustainable building and sustainable cities. Many developers, contractors, and property managers emphasize their deep commitment to sustainable building and sustainable management. But in practice little progress has been made in this area so far. Th...
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The central topic of this contribution is the financing of the social rented sector in seven countries in western Europe: the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, France and Sweden. Since 1975, the macro housing quota has increased in all seven countries, but most of all in the Netherlands. Property subsidies have been reduced; ho...
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Spatial planning and housing policy in the Netherlands have supported each other for many years. In addition, spatial planning has played a stimulating role in carrying out spatial policy. Since the end of the 1980s, however, a new coalition has emerged between spatial planning and environmental policy, especially at the intraregional level. In the...
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Levels of social housing investment in the UK and the Netherlands are considered for the period 1970–1992. The changing housing policies and the developing structures of social housing finance are analysed. These factors have contributed to the decline in social housing construction in the UK and the Netherlands. In particular, the desire of govern...
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The Netherlands has a large and differentiated stock of social rented dwellings, forming more than 40 per cent of the total housing stock. Housing associations are by far the largest providers of housing services in this sector. Traditionally, these associations were subsidised heavily but since 1995 Dutch government has no longer directly subsidis...
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The Netherlands is internationally renowned for its conscientious physical planning. Yet, the budget of the National Planning Service is only 70 million guilders a year. The aim of fostering a comprehensive field of policy without putting a burden on the taxpayer seems too good to be true. Actually, physical planning entails the spatial integration...
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There are many pitfalls in the decision-making process on infrastructure projects. There are problems with the costs, with the performance, the cost-benefit ratio, the legitimacy and the flexibility. This paper deals with the early stages of the decision-making process. We argue that it makes sense to generate alternative solutions in an early stag...
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In the European Union we observe increased shares of high-speed trains and light rail + metro lines in the modal split of passenger transport. This may suggest a revival of rail transport and of railway station areas. Particularly in the context of the dynamics of urban networks, HST railway stations areas are now being redeveloped into urban nodes...
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Publicatie in samenwerking met Onderzoeksschool TRAIL in opdracht van: Vereniging Nederlandse Gemeenten (VNG) Vervoersautoriteiten Openbaar Vervoer Centrumgemeenten (VOC) Beleidsorgaan Openbaar Vervoer (BOV)
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Summary Since 1989, Dutch housing policy has been changing to allow more scope for market forces. This article will evaluate the spatial disparities related to these policy changes in the development of the housing market in the Randstad region of the Netherlands. The evaluation is placed in an international perspec- tive by drawing a comparison be...
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Dutch national government and local governments have laid down in regional imple- mentation agreements that between 1995 and 2005 some 600,000 dwellings will be con- structed on so-called VINEX locations in or close to the cities. Industrial estates will also be developed. Housing construction and setting out industrial estates are perceived to be...

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