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City for Sale? An Investigation into the Impact of Gentrification on the Character and Inhabitants of Manchester, UK

Part 2 Dissertation 2021
Jonathan Edwards
De Montfort University | UK
The UN’s 11th development goal aims at ‘’making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable’’ (Burdett, 2018). Manchester has attempted to address this goal by encouraging gentrification and development within the city and is now experiencing a ‘property boom’, however, there is currently a lack of literature analysing the impacts of the city’s recent urban changes. This study, therefore, aims to understand the prevalence of gentrification in Manchester and how the process is affecting the people of the metropolis.

The first aim of the study was to understand the extent of gentrification in Manchester, ONS statistical data on key indicators was used to create a new gentrification map for the city. This paper found that most inner-city neighbourhoods were at risk of experiencing gentrification. Once this was highlighted, the main body of this paper used case studies and secondary literature to analyse the impacts of gentrification. It discovered that recent gentrification was mostly negatively impacting Manchester through housing financialization and exclusive regeneration schemes. The results indicate that an urgent policy change is needed for Manchester so that everyone in the city can benefit from gentrification.

Jonathan Edwards

Yuri Hadi
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