Planned Shrinkage


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It is when a city starts abandoning or neglecting a zone seen as “unprofitable” or “non-comercial.” This process targets mostly poor communities, as no profit can be made. It was mostly noted during the 197os in New York City, in the Bronx, where it was left and ignored, and created wider gaps between the wealthy and the poor,  little by little their paths would cross less and less.

There is a cut of funding for specific areas of the city, which also leads to cuts in services, such as police patrols, therefore crime rates increase, creating a poor and an unsafe environment. Street repairs, fire services and sanitation issues arise as less money is being funded, and needs increase. Consequently leaving the poor class in a more unstable condition than before.

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Glossary, UD: Historical development of Cities - Economic Development, ,

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