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Brownfield site Land that has been used, abandoned and now awaits some new use. Commonly found across urban areas, particularly in the inner city.
Dereliction Abandoned buildings and wasteland.
Economic opportunities Chances for people to improve their standard of living through employment.
Greenfield site A plot of land, often in a rural or on the edge of an urban area that has not yet been subject to any building development.
Inequalities Differences between poverty and wealth, as well as in peoples' wellbeing and access to things like jobs, housing and education. Inequalities may occur in housing provision, access to services, access to open land, safety and security.
Integrated transport systems Different transport methods join together making journeys smoother so public transport is more appealing. Better integration should result in more demand for public transport
Mega-cities An urban area with a total population in excess of ten million people.
Migration When people move from one area to another. In many LICS people move from rural to urban areas (rural-urban migration).
Natural increase The birth rate minus the death rate of a population.
Pollution The presence of chemicals, noise, dirt or other substances which have harmful or poisonous effects on an environment.
Rural-urban fringe A zone of transition between the built-up area and the countryside, where there is often competition for land use. It is a zone of mixed land uses, from out of town shopping centres and golf courses to farmland and motorways.
Sanitation Measures designed to protect public health, including the provision of clean water and the disposal of sewage and waste.
Social deprivation The degree to which an individual or an area is deprived of services, decent housing, adequate income and local employment.
Social opportunities Chances for people to improve their quality of life, for instance access to education and health care.
Squatter settlement An area of poor-quality housing, lacking in amenities such as water supply, sewerage and electricity, which often develops spontaneously and illegally in a city in an LIC.
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