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Poverty StreetThe dynamics of neighbourhood decline and renewal$
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Ruth Lupton

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861345356

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861345356.001.0001

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The end of Poverty Street?

The end of Poverty Street?

(p.205) Twelve The end of Poverty Street?
Poverty Street

Ruth Lupton

Policy Press

This chapter reflects on the lessons learnt from the journey around the country's ‘poverty map’ and draws conclusions about its enduring ‘poverty gap’. The stories of these 12 areas and neighbourhoods demonstrate very clearly the structural origins of neighbourhood ‘degeneration’, but also the importance of space and place. What created and maintained Poverty Street was the lack of value of some areas in relation to broader societal structures. Shrinking networks made it easy for vulnerable people to become isolated in areas that others described as friendly and inclusive. Regeneration programmes brought more benefits than disbenefits. It is concluded, somewhat depressingly, that there is no ending to what has this book has called ‘Poverty Street’.

Keywords:   Poverty Street, poverty map, poverty gap, neighbourhood, societal structures, regeneration programmes

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