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A fresh look at contemporary perspectives on urban housing affordability. / Haffner, Marietta E.A.; Hulse, Kath.

In: International Journal of Urban Sciences, 10.11.2019.

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Haffner, Marietta E.A. ; Hulse, Kath. / A fresh look at contemporary perspectives on urban housing affordability. In: International Journal of Urban Sciences. 2019.

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