Yes, in amsterdam there is affordable housing in the centre as well - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Chaia
    • 23.07.11 | 23:35 (IDT)

    For the basic needs of people (housing, education and health) a free market system isn't appropriate. In the Netherlands, a mixed housing system exists - low rent quality homes built by housing corporations for lower incomes, free market more luxurious quality rentals for higher incomes, and the same idea in the 'homes for sale'market. And YES, because of that policy, there still is some affordable housing also in the centre of big cities like Amsterdam or The Hague. What the Israeli government did with the huge influence of new immigrants, giving them rental subsidies for a few years, which made the rental prices go up money which ended up in the pockets of home-owners, that is tampering with market norms (and it was a stop-gap, it did not create one more home.) In the housing market some form of government intervention/ protection is neccessary with non-corrupt government institutions, of course.

    from the article: Tens of thousands march in Tel Aviv to protest housing shortage, high rent prices
    First published 21:20 23.07.11 | Last updated 23:14 23.07.11
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