Beijing Floods: Another Black Eye for Subsidized Housing

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If this doesn’t piss you off, I don’t know what will. Government-subsidized housing has gotten a bad rap in recent years. We’ve seen scandals about corruption, shoddy building, and eligibility rules being broken. The recent floods in Beijing also let us see some of the dirty little construction secrets (well, not exactly secret, but at least hidden from the naked eye).

This is common, unsurprising, and yet utterly disheartening:

Along with questions over the city’s fragile infrastructure, the deadly rain which hit Beijing in late July has also raised safety concerns about the country’s subsidized houses, a public-housing project for low-income families.

According to Chinese media, some house owners in Tongxin Homes in Fangshan district, one of such projects developed by Beijing Capital Development Co., Ltd., found water was seeping into the walls of their houses after torrential rains.
Other quality problems include the use of hollow bricks in non-load-bearing walls, and missing air-discharging pipes in some kitchens.

Needless to say, these would be violations in any kind of housing, but taking money from the government meant to incentivize the building of affordable housing, which is desperately needed here, and playing these kinds of games is really despicable.

These practices are so common, I really don’t want to think about how many people are living in housing with these defects. Why do you think I’m still renting after 13 years?

I wonder if the company criminals responsible for this will be banned from future projects? Yeah, I don’t think so either.

One response on “Beijing Floods: Another Black Eye for Subsidized Housing

  1. PakG1

    Leaky condos in Vancouver, BC, Canada was a huge controversy with long-term effects. Just goes to show that these kinds of problems can exist in all sorts of cities. That being said, Beijing is obviously much larger in scale, so the ramifications are much larger.