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The Inner City Stories.

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Zlatan Camo The Inner City Stories 28-Sep-03 Inner cities have now days become a problem that governments of many countries have to deal with. These twilight zones are usually located on the edge of the CBD. An analysis of the inner city in London is one way of investigating whether the gap between the rich and the poor in this city is growing. The argument that the gap between the rich and the poor in London is growing can be looked at from two points of view. Figure 3 shows that there is a large percentage of people leaving the different districts of London. This might mean that people are forced to move out from their homes. ...read more.


Another explanation for the movement of residents outside the inner city is that they might have earned enough money to relocate to another part of the country. Local councils in London have tried to improve the living conditions in the inner city mainly by creating jobs through private investment. The London docklands have been re-developed with the setting up of several private companies. Such companies have decreased the unemployment rate in the inner city. Workers, after earning enough money to relocate to other parts of the city, would most probably do so since the crime rate in inner cities is still quite alarming. An addition to the problem is environmental degradation, vandalism and the lack of properly-run schools. ...read more.


Crime was the answer to many of the local residents' problems. Prostitution and drug abuse further damaged the reputation of the inner city. Private investment did not find its place here since business owners found it too great a risk to open their companies in such dangerous areas. Those private firms that did set up often didn't provide jobs for unskilled employees. People therefore had no choice but to rely on government benefits. There was no way for them to escape the cycle of poverty. In conclusion, the problems faced by many inner city residents are inevitable. The fact that many people are leaving the inner city could mean either that the gap between the rich and the poor is growing or that it has become smaller. ...read more.

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