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Social inequality, disadvantaged neighbourhoods and transport deprivation: an assessment of the historical influence of housing policies


  • Power, Anne


This paper argues that the drive to build housing and to clear crowded slums has led to the dispersal of population. The building of large subsidised housing estates as replacement housing for former slums has compounded social problems by concentrating low income households in cut-off communities. Low income households in poorer neighbourhoods have far lower levels of car ownership than average and yet suffer higher levels of traffic and environmental damage because the dispersal process encourages the growth of car traffic and the polarisation of neighbourhoods.

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  • Power, Anne, 2012. "Social inequality, disadvantaged neighbourhoods and transport deprivation: an assessment of the historical influence of housing policies," Journal of Transport Geography, Elsevier, vol. 21(C), pages 39-48.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jotrge:v:21:y:2012:i:c:p:39-48
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2012.01.016

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    1. John Hills, 2007. "Ends and Means: The future roles of social housing in England," CASE Reports casereport34, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, LSE.
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