Discuss the Changing Urban Dynamics of One City Selected from the Developed World.

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Sydney, centrally located on the eastern coast, is Australia’s largest and most influential city. Its multicultural nature, advanced infrastructure, state of the art technologies, scale of foreign investment and architectural ingenuity not only make for a highly desired international tourist destination but are all compelling evidence to suggest that Sydney is in fact an established city of the developed world. As in any developed city, there are a myriad of urban dynamics of change at work that have, and will continue to evolve the morphology of the Australian metropolis.

The Greater Sydney Metropolitan Region (GSMR) is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world. Its wide-ranging spatial articulation extends from Wollongong in
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One of the major recommendations of the strategy was to increase housing densities, that is, urban consolidation. Even with a policy of urban consolidation, Sydney has continued to expand rapidly into the rural-urban fringe as new suburbs are continually being established.
It can also be argued that urban consolidation has only been moderately effective in Sydney as population density remains fairly low for such a large city. For these reasons, it can be seen that the city’s urban consolidation strategies may need to be reviewed.

Over a period of time, parts of cities tend to decay in the sense that they are not as modern as other parts or they have simply been neglected. This may include disused factories, railway yards and dockyard areas as well as residential areas. This process is known as urban decay and effected areas are often referred to as ‘blighted zones’ of the city. In the case of Sydney, urban decay is evident in the poorer quality terrace housing suburbs such as Newtown, Pyrmont, Ultimo, Glebe and Redfern, former railway workshops and yards such as Eveleigh in Redfern, former dock and railway areas in Darling Harbour and Pyrmont and former factory areas in Zetland and Rhodes. (ref. map on page 4). Sydney councils are now making an effort to upgrade and redevelop these areas of decay/urban blight through the processes of urban renewal and gentrification.
Many other cities,
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