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N5 Human Geography: Urban Topic Revision

Revision of Human Geography, Urban Topic: Glasgow VS Rio de Janeiro

Mr T Simpson

on 21 September 2014

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Remember that these revision Prezi's are designed to be used alongside your class notes. Use them to remind yourself about topics prior to an assessment or before your final exam - they are not intended as a single source of revision!
The Structure of Cities in the Developed World
Most cities in the developed world expanded rapidly after the industrial revolution. Glasgow, was no exception as it became an important city for heavy industry such as shipbuilding.

Urban models for developed world cities tend to radiate out from the 'CBD' (Central Business District), followed by the 'Inner City', the 'Inner' then 'Outer Suburbs', lastly the city is surrounded by an area of countryside called the 'Green Belt'

Recognising Different Urban Areas on an OS Map
Problems in Glasgow: Housing
Solutions to Glasgow's Housing Problem
Changes in Glasgow's Shopping
Other projects in Glasgow
By 1945, it was clear Glasgow had a major housing problem. The tenements, which had been built to house most of the industrial workers were in a dreadful state and were not suitable for life in the late twentieth century. They were very overcrowded; lacked electricity, running water, central heating, inside toilets or gardens. Inside they were dark and damp and respiratory diseases such as tuberculosis and bronchitis were very common. As a result life expectancy in tenement areas like the Gorbals was often no more than 50. In addition the tenement closes were often infested with rats.
Comprehensive redevelopment is where large areas of tenements are completed bulldozed. This happened in 29 inner city areas of Glasgow (known as Comprehensive Development Areas or CDAs) including parts of Govan, Partick, Springburn and the Gorbals.

This took place in Glasgow between 1957 and 1975 and was responsible for enormous changes to the inner city.
As the option of building council estates on the edge of the city was very expensive, the space cleared by the demolition of tenements in the inner city could be used to construct high rise flats, a cheaper and quicker option to rehouse thousands of families.

Glasgow built more of these tower blocks flats than any other city in Europe; over 300 in total.
Five new towns were built in Scotland during the 1950s and 1960s within 25 km of Glasgow and Edinburgh to house the overspill from the inner cities. East Kilbride is the largest of these towns with a population today of over 80,000.

New towns were “self-contained”, planned settlements, built in the countryside with all the necessary jobs and services for residents. Industrial estates were created at the edge of the town and industries, often from overseas, were given incentives such as brand new factories, loans and grants to locate here and create jobs.
In the late 1970s it was decided to improve the existing tenements, rather than demolish them. Thankfully not all of the tenements had been flattened during the comprehensive redevelopment of the 1950s and 60s. The buildings were actually sound structures and providing they were modernised, they could become excellent homes.
The main change is a rise in the number of out of town shopping centres. They are very popular with shoppers and retailers as:

•they are very accessible as they locate near motorways and main roads
•they have plenty of free car parking spaces
•they open until late in the evening which suits people who work
•land on the outskirts of town also tends to be much cheaper allowing very large stores and car parks to be built
•other leisure services such as hotels, cinemas, ten-pin bowling alleys and fast food outlets such as McDonalds and Pizza Hut also locate in them.
With so many shoppers being attracted out of the CBD, parts of Glasgow’s CBD, such as the Trongate and High Street areas have lost business and become run down. To stop this decline:

•Buchanan Street, Argyle Street and Sauchiehall Street have been pedestrianised.
•Large shopping malls, e.g. Buchanan Galleries were opened. People can shop in a wide variety of stores, unaffected by the weather with the main bus and railway stations nearby.
•More specialist high order shopping areas have been opened such as the Italian Centre, where expensive designer boutiques including Armani and Versace are found.
Project focusing on redeveloping a 3km stretch of quayside in Yorkhill and Partick. The areas include the site of the former Meadowside Granary, redundant shipyards, docklands, warehouses and the disused Glasgow to Clydebank railway. 120 acres of land to be redeveloped with the project funded mainly by private developers, Glasgow City Council, the European Union Redevelopment Fund and the National Lottery. It will include:

•2,500 new flats for 5,000 people.
•200,000m2 of office space.
•50,000m2 of retail and leisure developments.
•Glasgow’s new Transport Museum.
•A light tramway linking the area with the city centre.
•A 'linear park' to include walkways and cycle paths.
This is a mixture of business, housing and leisure. It is found on the site of Glasgow’s Princes Dock which closed during the 1970s. It will include:

•Media village: BBC Scotland, STV, The Glasgow Herald newspaper and XFM Radio.
•Leisure: Glasgow Science Centre, IMAX Cinema and Millennium Tower. A marina will occupy part of the Princes Dock which remains.
•50,000m2 of office space.
•A 150 bed hotel.
•300 new houses.

The new £20 million Finnieston Bridge will connect the area with the north side of the river.
Across the river from the Merchant City is one of Glasgow's most deprived neighbourhoods, the Gorbals. With the demolition of some of the high rise flats, there was land available for development. Some of this has been sold to private house builders who have built private flats.

The new housing being created is helping to reduce crime in the area and is helping to give back community spirit.
The Structure of Cities in the Developing World
Developing world cities, such as Rio de Janeiro, have rapidly expanded over the last few decades. This has mainly been due to increased rural > urban migration compared to the developed world. This is due to a variety of 'push' and 'pull' factors but generally an aspiration to seek a higher standard of living.
Cities in developing countries also have a CBD containing many services and tall buildings like developed cities, although traditional street markets are also located here. Around the CBD is an area of high quality housing with luxury apartments. The people who live here work nearby in services in the CBD. Outside this area the Periferia is found. On the edge of the city, the shanty towns or favelas can be found. This is generally the first port of call fro migrants from rural areas. The poorest people live here. Industry is found along the main transport routes such as main roads and railways.
Rio's Shanty Towns or 'Favelas'
In reality, there are not enough jobs or houses for all the migrants when they arrive. With no place to stay, they have set up their homes on many of Rio’s hillsides and unused areas (swamps and rubbish dumps) and built their houses from basic materials. These illegal squatter settlements are known as favelas. The name comes from a wild flower which grows on the hillsides. Rio has over 600 favelas.
Roçhinha is Rio’s largest and oldest favela with an estimated population of 200,000. This area of slum housing is found on a very steep hillside in Rio’s South Zone, overlooking the beach districts of Copacabana and Ipanema.

Roçhinha’s first shacks were built in the 1940s, but the main growth of the area was during the 1970s and 1980s with the construction of Barra da Tijuca, a nearby wealthy suburb. Migrants were attracted by the prospect of jobs in the construction industry.
The main problems of the 'Favelas'
Roçhinha is Rio’s largest and oldest favela with an estimated population of 200,000. This area of slum housing is found on a very steep hillside in Rio’s South Zone, overlooking the beach districts of Copacabana and Ipanema.

Roçhinha’s first shacks were built in the 1940s, but the main growth of the area was during the 1970s and 1980s with the construction of Barra da Tijuca, a nearby wealthy suburb. Migrants were attracted by the prospect of jobs in the construction industry.
Unemployment rates are high (around 20%). Most of those who are employed have jobs in the informal sector (black market) as street vendors, drivers, labourers, maids or producing sewing and handicraft work for the local street market. Jobs in the informal sector are poorly paid (less than $100 a month) and work is irregular.
Rio’s favelas are controlled by criminal gangs who are involved in drugs, gun crime, bank robberies, kidnapping and murder – 80 people are killed each day in Rio. Roçhinha is one of Rio’s most feared areas and the police hardly ever patrol on foot unless they are heavily armed. If a problem develops they will often shoot down from a helicopter into the slum.
Need to know ...
For your exam you need to know about TWO key areas of change for your DEVELOPED WORLD city (Glasgow)

We are going to focus on SHOPPING & HOUSING
Rio’s favelas are incredibly overcrowded. On average 37,000 people are crammed into each square kilometre of favela. With the poor sanitation, diseases such as cholera and diarrhoea spread quickly. The life expectancy in a Rio favela is only 56. Infant mortality rates are also high: 50 infants per 1000 will not reach the age of one.
Improving the 'Favelas'
People get together in small groups to help each other improve their houses
Wooden shacks are replaced with brick and tile buildings
Many homes now have electricity and satellite TV
Some of the roads have been paved
Some houses are served with mains water
Developed World Problem: Urban Sprawl
URBAN SPRAWL is the outward growth of a settlement from urban areas into rural areas. Meaning that areas that were previously 'green belt' or farming land become 'urbanised'.
For ABERDEEN think about new developments around the airport and new business parks like PRIME FOUR at Kingswells and CITY SOUTH near Portlethen

... But aren't these good things?
URBAN SPRAWL isn't always looked at in a positive light. Disadvantages of URBAN SPRAWL include:

Loss of green space and farmland
Increased traffic levels during rush hour times
Increased pollution levels
Wildlife can be driven away
Commuter areas e.g. Kingswells, grow in size
House prices can increase
Spend £200 million to improve 60 of the 600 shanty town areas in the city
Replace wooden buildings or those on dangerously steep slopes with new larger houses
Widen selected streets for emergency services and waste collection vehicles to get through
Make proper solid roads and pavements
Lay pipes for water and cables for electricity
Improve sanitation (sewers)
Add health facilities, schools and sports areas
Crime rates are still high, with violence and drug related crime major problems
Unemployment is still at very high levels amongst residents
It is difficult to improve many areas because the hillsides are so steep
Landslides can still claim many lives
'Can do'
You can also use your 'can do' checklist before your revision to check which areas you should focus your revision on or after you completed revision to check your learning.
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