In a common area belonging to several blocks of flats there are several disused garages. Although these garages were abandoned years ago, the municipal authorities have no funds to demolish them. The tenants of the city-centre housing estate would benefit greatly from the creation of a green space. Ideas for improving the area include the construction of a playground, as currently there is nowhere for children to play. Demolishing the garages would create the necessary space for this.
Near the housing estate is a technical college with a growing body of students who cannot all be housed in the existing student hostel. The college principal has suggested to the municipality that the college should pull down the garages and the municipality should build a new hostel on the site, complete with a swimming pool.
Discuss the conflicts and the possible solutions, as well as the opinions of the various parties. Present your own point of view. How do you think the problem can be solved?
In addition to their taxes, residents pay an annual sum towards building repairs, thus they believe that the municipal authorities should be obliged to demolish the garages and improve the area. The flats are located in the city centre, where living conditions are far from optimal.
Students prefer living in hostels because it is so expensive to rent other accommodation. They are aware that the college administration is able to obtain funding for the construction of an additional hostel.