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Transcript of Spacial Inequality
How are wealth and income spatially unequal in Sydney? How can we measure this?
Spatial inequality is most common in large cities because there is more population density and more unfairness between distinct geographical areas. Point Piper, Watsons Bay and Centennial Bay are the three most expensive suburbs in all of Australia. Australia's poorest suburb is Callagan, Sydney. The three richest and the poorest are all in Sydney.
What relationships exist between different types of spatial inequalities in Sydney?
The increasing gap between rich and poor suburbs in Sydney is most likely to increase this sense of social isolation between the two kinds of communities. This will definitely have a negative impact to do with social cohesion. This is most common in larger suburbs because the inequalities between different areas are much more obvious when they are in the same suburb or city.
Are there any examples of environmental spatial inequalities in Sydney?
The causes of environmental inequalities are in fact social and political. It is based in our lack or misuse of communication, buildings, and our political and economic situations. This means that while some people, specifically in wealthy and/or rural areas, have a large amount of land, people in poorer suburbs have a lot less land. The government as well is building a lot more town houses and apartments as there is more housing for less space, which means no backyard or front yard, yet other live on hectares of land.
How do people respond to spatial inequality (individuals, organisations and government)?
It is quite difficult for individuals to solve this. It is a very big problem and individuals cannot directly solve it, but they can contribute by raising awareness of this issue. There are many Government organisations and Non-Government Organisations that deal with poverty and spatial inequality directly and indirectly everyday. Some examples of such groups and organisations are the Salvation Army and World Vision. The Australian government is trying to get more funds to make sure spatial inequality and unemployment is low as possible.
How did the lead government go about solving spatial inequality?
The government has made a big attempt to stop Spatial Inequality by building public houses and housing commission. These are decent quality houses and are cheap. The reason the government made this type of response is because these people were living in poor quality houses in a average community, making the aspects of the way the neighbours live look amazing. The reason that the government put housing commission in full force was because these people have kids who weren't getting the right education, these people weren't living a good life. Like previously stated, the government is trying to get more money to make sure spatial inequality and unemployment is low as possible.
How can this be problem be fixed (sustainability, social justice and equity)?
This problem can be fixed by sharing out the land, making sure people are treated right and by making incomes more equal for different paying jobs. With people living on hectares of land, they should cut down by at least half so that the homeless and the people with little money have more places to live. Also, if the people with high paying jobs' pay was cut by 10%, that 10% could be put towards a pay for the homeless. Little things could also be done, like organisations that raise money (Salvation Army and World Vision).
How successful were the responses of people?
Responses have been fairly successful, but there is still a lot of work to be done. A large amount of housing commission has been set up in Sydney in suburbs such as Claymore (95%), Macquarie Fields (24.3%), Waterloo (37.1%) and Mount Druitt (42.5%). These are percentages are the current percent of the suburbs that are used for housing commissions. With these large numbers, it is obvious that steps have been taken. Yet, this has produced an even bigger problem. Now there is a major inequality of rich and poor suburbs. So more steps definitely need to be taken to fix this problem.
By Chloe Watt
Spatial inequalities are distinct geographical divisions between poor and affluent communities, often based on occupation, education, income, medical and welfare. Some communities have quite a large amount of resources and services. Those that don't have near as much do not live near or associate with those communities that do.
Spatial inequality is
unequal amounts of qualities or resources and services depending on the area or location
This is a photo of what is obviously a wealthy community on the right and a poor community on the left.
The following website is a website made by a student studying spatial inequality: