Urban Problems - Urban Decay
Urban decay is when parts of the city become run down and undesirable to live in. It causes economic (money), social (people) and environmental (our surroundings) problems. Examples of urban decay are -
There have been a number of schemes to reduce the problems of urban decay. They have had mixed success.
Comprehensive RedevelopmentThis is when you knock down all the buildings and start from scratch. It was felt to be needed in some places as the problems were so bad. In Kingston and the Gorbals in Glasgow, for example, the old tenements were knocked down and replaced by new flats and multi-storey high rise buildings.
Unfortunately, many of the new buildings were poorly built and have also been knocked down. This approach has also been criticised as it destroyed the social fabric of the area - people no longer knew their neighbours and they were moved away from their friends and relations.
Urban RegenerationAnother idea was to renovate the existing housing and improve the environment and economy. In Glasgow this involved