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Urban Decline and Regeneration

Urban decline app

Audience: KS3/KS4

Subject: Geography

Topic: Migration, Industry, Society, Economy, Environment

Question: Why is John moving back to the City Centre?

Author: Paul Lawrence




The mystery surrounds the urban to rural migration of John and his family, with the eventual return of John to live in the city centre (CBD.) The mystery initially covers the reasons for deindustrialisation in UK cities and the effects of this on urban areas. This is followed by reasons for counter urbanisation and finally covers the topic of urban regeneration.

Learning outcomes:

  • Be able to give reasons for deindustrialisation.
  • Effects of deindustrialisation on urban areas – social, economic and environmental.
  • Migration push factors.
  • Migration pull factors linking to counter urbanisation.
  • Migration pull factors linking to urban regeneration.

The mystery can be used at both Key Stage 3 and 4. The mystery can be used as a means to develop and research more accurate case study material for examinations.