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Sunday, 26 January 2014

When urban areas decline

Year 12 Managing Urban Change
Homework - Urban dereliction, social problems and inequality

Detroit - the ruins left behind when a city loses half it's population

Watch the video about Detroit. what evidence is there that urban decline has taken place:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18271118

Claymore, Sydney - Australia
The social housing experiment that went wrong

Watch the programme below and answer the questions - You do not need to watch the whole programme. Start at the beginning and watch the first 3 minutes, then skip forward to 18:40 and watch up to 19:35

  1. When was Claymore created?
  2. Where in Sydney is Claymore?
  3. How many people live there?
  4. Between 01:15 and 01:28, what evidence do you see of urban dereliction?
  5. What happened in 2010?
  6. What is this process called?
  7. Why so you think a mixture of private and public housing was proposed? How would this help?



St Louis - The city divided by one street

The city of St Louis, Missouri, remains one of the most segregated cities in the US. But one street in particular has been known to residents as the "dividing line".


Delmar Boulevard, which spans the city from east to west, features million-dollar mansions directly to the south, and poverty-stricken areas to its north. What separates rich and poor is sometimes just one street block.


  1. What evidence is there that the south of Delmar Boulevard is better off than the north?
  2. What might explain this disparity?
  3. What problems exist on the northern side?

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