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Urban Characteristics


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A description of urban characteristics using Manchester as a case study. The slides concentrate on three urban zones and their characteristics, these are the inner city, the suburban zone and the rural/urban fringe.

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Urban Characteristics

  1. 1. Urban Characteristics<br />Manchester<br />
  2. 2. Manchester<br />
  3. 3. Urban Zones<br />Inner City<br />Suburbs<br />Rural/Urban Fringe<br />
  4. 4. Inner City<br />Ethnicity typically higher e.g. 14.9% of population of Moss side is black Caribbean<br />Wealth tends to be lower as many people are economically inactive e.g. Ancoats has 12% unemployment <br />Employment tends to be mainly unskilled or unemployed e.g. 25% of Ancoats in low-skilled jobs or unemployed<br />
  5. 5. Inner City<br />Manchester terraced housing<br />Ancoats<br />Manchester China town<br />
  6. 6. Inner City<br />19th century high density terraced housing<br />1960s high rise blocks<br />High amount of ethnic minorities<br />High proportion of young people<br />Poorest sections of society live here<br />Wealthy people live in redeveloped areas<br />Many students and young professionals<br />Close to city centre so access to shops and services is good<br />
  7. 7. Suburbs<br />Ethnicity is typically lower e.g. Didsbury is 87% white<br />Wealth tends to increase e,g,Burnage has 8.4% unemployment<br />Employment tends to be in higher manegerial e.g. 25% of Didsbury population in this group<br />
  8. 8. Suburbs<br />Semi-detached Eccles<br />Didsbury<br />Trafford centre<br />Metro link<br />
  9. 9. Suburbs<br />20th century detached and semi detached housing<br />Council housing especially closer to city centre<br />Many properties have gardens<br />Mostly families with children<br />Many employed in tertiary industries<br />Some skilled manual workers<br />Local shopping malls and good transport links<br />
  10. 10. Rural/urban fringe<br />Ethnicity usually lowest e.g. Only 2% of Northendon is Asian<br />Wealth tends to be the highest e.g. Chorlton has low unemployment at 4.4%<br />Most tend to work in tertiary occupations e.g.28% of Chorlton in lower managerial or professional jobs<br />
  11. 11. Rural/urban fringe<br />Hale student village<br />Altrincham housing<br />Dunham forest golf course<br />Manchester airport<br />
  12. 12. Rural/urban fringe<br />Low density and higher quality private housing<br />High density outer-city council estates<br />Mostly families with children or older people<br />Increased proportion of tertiary workers<br />Out of town shopping centres provide shops and services<br />Airports and recreational facilities<br />
  13. 13. Urban Characteristics - Manchester<br />