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Urbanisation in MEDCs

Problems of urbanisation in the inner city - inequalities

Inequalities exist in all urban areas. Inequality means extreme differences between poverty and wealth, as well as in peoples' wellbeing and access to things like jobs, housing and education. Inequalities may occur in:

  • housing provision
  • access to services
  • access to open land
  • safety and security

Often people who live in inner-city areas experience a poor quality of life. This is because the inner-city is typically a zone with older housing and declining industry. The diagram below compares the quality of life for someone living in an outer London borough with that of someone who lives in an inner London borough.

Graph showing quality of life in Outer London

Graph showing quality of life in Outer London

Graph showing quality of life in Inner London

Graph showing quality of life in Inner London

Unemployment and incidents of long-term illness are higher in the inner-city boroughs, while households are more likely to have central heating and multiple cars in the outer-city boroughs.

Governments and planners [planners: Officially appointed people responsible for making decisions about development and reconstruction. ] often step in to help redevelop [redevelop: To restore or develop an area again. ] run-down inner-city areas. Inner-city redevelopments, such as those in London's Docklands or Manchester's Salford Quays, may improve the physical environment of the area and improve the quality of housing. But it can also create even greater inequalities because the local residents may not be able to afford to live there anymore. Often the old industrial jobs are replaced by skilled jobs and new people move to the area.

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