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Housing shortage cause debate on high raises
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 13:16

The housing shortage in Stockholm causes political debate and turmoil. Should the city allow high raises or not?

Most of Stockhom central areas like Vasastan, Södermalm, Kungsholmen and Östermalm generally has buildings with 6 floors of height. There are a few exception to the rule, amongst other places in the down town business and shopping district. Politicians are now debating if they should allow higher buildings or not.

There are not many vacant lots in central Stockholm, and most existing buildings are listed, meaning they have historic value and cannot be demolished. But the city is open for higher buildings in other areas, which still has vacant lots. Those areas include Kista, Värtahamnen, Liljeholmen, Skanstull (by the bridges), Alvik and Norra Djurgårdsstaden. Most of these areas are next to the current central parts of the City.

The City of Stockholm and the surrounding municipalities  now have plans to build several hundreds of thousands of new apartments and houses.