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In a city in the UK, urban redevelopment and urban regeneration have been considered to solve the pr

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In a city in the UK, urban redevelopment and urban regeneration have been considered to solve the problem of urban decay in slums. Which do you think is a better idea? I am going to use the city of Glasgow as a case study to show the effects of urban redevelopment, and urban regeneration, and from his I will decide which is the better idea for stopping the urban decay in slums. Urban redevelopment is the knocking down and replacing and rebuilding in urban areas. It happened in Glasgow between 1957 and 1974. It involved the clearance of tenement housing in the inner city areas of the city. Houses were flattened to the ground with bulldozers and the existing communities were broken up and forced to split up and relocate to new housing estates on the edge of the city. ...read more.


open space, which was supposed to promote a sense of community and shared pride in their local environment However, the later part of the last century saw many of these high rise blocks destroyed and replaced by low-rise housing, as they had turned into 'slum estates' due to the design which promoted crime (e.g. joined walkways which allowed a burglar an easy getaway!) and other factors. The blocks were quickly built with poor quality materials and design and were poorly maintained. They were damp and isolated and there was no community any more. Many still lacked basic amenities - for example, between 1950 and 1970 more than 50% of the homes had no bath. The high rise blocks were often visually unattractive and were run down in appearance. They lacked individuality. The young mothers and elderly felt isolated, as the buildings were so tall. ...read more.


with modern amenities such as bathrooms, and were given character. This project improved housing and stopped the loss of population from the area. It also attracted 300 new factories, bringing new jobs into an area of high unemployment. This approach has achieved the most important aim of urban renewal, to bring back life to the old parts of our cities. Overall, I think that the regeneration scheme is a much more successful way to deal with urban decay in slums. The most powerful evidence of the failure of urban redevelopment occurred when some replacement housing, built in the 1960's in Hutchensontown, itself was demolished in 1987. This is a classic example of the failure of redevelopment. Regeneration was successful because it focused on renovating existing structurally sound buildings, instead of building weak unwanted high rise blocks. It also helped build 300 new factories providing much-needed jobs. The residents did not even like the buildings built in the redevelopment scheme. People were much happier with characterised flats in old, but strong buildings. Natasha Brice 10G ...read more.

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