Abstract

Housing problems were an inherent feature of the entire communist system—both in the People’s Poland and in other countries of the Soviet bloc. Wrocław was no exception in this respect. However, its geographical location and historical and political entanglement caused the problems of the communist era to be much more intense and acute in Wrocław. A deficit of flats, their low quality and questionable aesthetics were a distinctive feature of the constructions in all the cities of the Soviet bloc. In Wrocław however, combined with the extreme under-investment, these problems were exceptionally clear. Therefore, it seems that Wrocław exemplifies these shortcomings and can be a good case study to get acquainted with the daily grief of the people of the Polish Republic of Poland, related to the housing difficulties.

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