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"Planners try to improve the Quality of life in large cities" Comment on this Statement.

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"Planners try to improve the Quality of life in large cities" Comment on this Statement Big cities face many problems and most of them are caused by people leaving there farms in rural areas to move to the big cities in search of a home and work. The causes overcrowding which authorities try to combat with improving links to the suburbs by building new roads and better public transport systems. This really only a short term solution as this just encourages more people to move into the suburbs which in turn causes them to be more crowded. Sao Paulo is a good example of rural to urban migration in an LEDC. ...read more.

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The transport system is very poor meaning that those who get jobs struggle to get to them every day. There is also a high crime rate because of the depressing state of affairs in the Favelas. To improve the quality of life in Favelas self-help schemes have been introduced. Families in the Favelas help each other to build new houses at low costs. Despite this local authorities struggle to keep up with increasing number of migrants. The London Docklands is the best known example of an inner city redevelopment scheme in an MEDC. The London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC) was set up to renew the area. Some of the things that have happened there in the past 20 years include: * The gentrification of old buildings. ...read more.

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* Housing has also been built, not just for the rich, young workers in the city, but also for the under-privileged groups who were living in the docklands area previously. Low cost housing has been built, and schemes set up to help people buy them. * Community centres and services have been introduced to previously declining areas in an attempt to engender more community spirit. Leisure centres and shopping malls have all added to the community feel. * Not all the residents are happy though, as many of the new jobs are too highly skilled for the original residents of the docklands, and they resent the new people coming into their area. Although authorities try as best they can to improve the quality of life in big cities they are, especially in LEDC's fighting a losing battle against the increasing number of migrants. ...read more.

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