posted on Dec, 4 2012 @ 09:20 AM
This happens 'naturally' to an extent anyway. It doesn't take much to rip the heart of an area. A large local firm goes under, unemployment goes
up. Money disappears. The economic state of the area goes down, other people in similar circumstances might be be drawn to the place because of lower
property values, taxes and so on. This, in turn, reinforces the economic state of the area as those with money &c. become fewer in number and,
eventually will want to move out what has, over time, become, a 'bad' area.
Also, this works the other way with 'gentrification' which is, arguably, just as big a problem. Urban 'regeneration' rarely works for the benefits
of existing residents. A local area is allowed or left to run down by business, local government, national government &c, the situation above happens.
Eventually, someone decides something needs to be done, and money is pumped into the area with new homes, businesses and possibly associated jobs.
However, the new homes will inevitably be out of reach of the people in the area, the new business will often be relocations rather than genuinely new
(drawn to low business rates) and will bring the bulk of their labour force with them. As the 'state' of the area increases, there's less and less
for the existing local community and more for 'outsiders', which pulls in more and more outsiders until, eventually, the whole situation is reversed
and the long-standing residents no longer fit the economic picture.
This may result in the position that London, and other areas of England is facing. The people who no longer fit the picture are being forced away and
out of the area because are now needing financial help to stay in areas that they might have lived in all their lives. Now the government can't
afford this help, allegedly, due to the removal or reduction of that financial help (benefits, including benefits for working people) local councils
are looking to forcibly move people hundreds of miles away.
I'm not sure what the answer to what's happening in the Netherlands, but I'm not convinced this is a real answer. It's like when people tidy the
house but don't really - they just move stuff from one place to another, hiding stuff as they go. Eventually, the stuff brushed under the carpet will
be that big, society will start to trip over it and then it will be too late to do anything about it.
Hey, who cares though? As long as we can't see it for now and it's other people's problems, right?