Public housing

Rebuilding a neighbourhood to get rid of criminal gangs

2:15 min
  • Leading politicians in the central Swedish town of Linköping want to make extensive changes to a public housing project built in the 1960's in an effort to curb a rise in serious violent crime.
  • The main area of rental flats in Berga has recently been characterized by concerns over several serious violent crimes. But new urban planning could counteract the trend.
  • "By investing in a district in this way, we build in long term security, and hopefully this is a piece of the puzzle in getting rid of the gangs completely," local councillor Muharrem Demirok from the Centre Party tells Swedish Radio News.