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last updated: October 5, 2005

Havanna


Most of the buildings in the area were built between 1976 and 1981 and some of them between 1987 and 1988. At present there are 140 prefabricated panel buildings with 6,230 units. By 1999, as a result of the privatisation process, 95 per cent of the flats were privately owned (31 per cent in a cooperative framework).

The population of the housing estate is about 19-20,000 people. The population is younger than the average of Budapest. There are fewer households with single persons than the average of the capital but the ratio of divorced persons and single persons with child(ren) is higher. Half of the population is active on the labour market, which is higher than the average for Budapest, but the ratio of higher educated persons is lower.

This housing estate is considered to be the most problematic in Budapest, because of its density and the unfavourable social composition of the inhabitants. Even in this case - or because of this fact - no significant renovation, rehabilitation process has started yet. There are civil movements in the estate that would like to activate and associate the inhabitants and also would like to keep the contact with the district municipality.