Integrating Distressed Urban Areas
|Distressed urban areas threaten social cohesion in urban regions,
the very centre of our economies. This problem can be traced to no single
cause; rather it represents a combination of environmental, economic, social
and cultural circumstances that take spatial form in different parts of inner
cities and suburbs. The aim of the study Integrated Distressed Urban
Areas is to describe this phenomenon and analyse policies implemented in
OECD countries, so as to come up with multisectoral policies that are better
suited to the problems they have to address.
Policy objectives include attracting investment, creating jobs, rebuilding sound economic and social foundations and, more generally, combating the isolation from which distressed urban areas suffer. Different levels of government, civic society and the private sector all have roles to play. There is an urgent need for integrative policies based on reinforcement of the local dimension and on partnerships that bring all the actors together.
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Published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 1998.
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