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Set up in the 1980s and 1990s using public funding to buy land and improve inner areas of cities, partly by attracting private investment.
A strategy in which local authorities had to design a scheme and submit a bid for funding, competing against other councils. They also had to become part of a partnership involving the local community and private companies who would fund part of the development.
Improving an area.
Community (offering housing, employment and recreation opportunities) that is broadly in balance with the environment and offers people a good quality of life.
Quality of Life
How good a person’s life is as measured by such things as quality of housing and environment, access to education, health care, how secure people feel and how contented and satisfied they are with their lifestyle.
Use the information from the clip and your own knowledge of Digbeth, Bordesley, Handsworth, Aston and Birmingham’s other inner city areas to write a list of the problems that afflict the inner city.
What has been done to solve the inner city’s problems?
Since the end of the 2 nd world war in 1945, successive governments have had a variety of strategies to improve living in inner city areas, most famously in the building of cheap, high rise blocks of flats in the 1960s and early 1970s as a quick fix to the massively overcrowded and dilapidated old Victorian terraces. Over the years, these strategies have changed and there has been a greater involvement of private funding and the local community.
Turn to the next double page in your books and copy down the table on the next slide. Then visit each of the different posters around the room to get information on the different strategies that have been used to try to overcome the problems in the inner city.
What was done to improve housing, the environment, the community Advantages Sustainable Communities City Challenge Urban Development Corporations (UDCs) Disadvantages Where the funding came from Who was involved What was done Dates Location Name of Strategy