Chattel House or High Rise?
Hi. I am a Canadian grad student in Urban Planning. I spent some time on the island last year. I recently turned in my thesis on affordable housing in Barbados and the relevance of the chattel house.
I was wondering if I could get some Bajan opinions. In my paper, I make a case for the chattel house. I argue how strong the need for affordable housing is and show how financially and environmentally appropriate the chattel house may be as a low-cost housing solution.
I think highly of chattel houses, but I want to know how Bajans perceive them. Is there a strong social stigma associated with living them? Are they a desirable form of existing housing / new housing? How are chattel houses viewed culturally, symbolically, and socially, by different segments of the population, especially low-income households? Would low-income households to respond positively to a programme that subsidizes the self-help construction of chattel houses?
Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
Banks chattel house photo by Shona
Other chattel house photos courtesy of Stephen Mendes’ Barbados Photo Gallery