Urban Dynamics - Pyrmont Essay

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Pyrmont Ultimo, an inner city suburb located in Sydney has undergone various and significant changes in relation to the processes of urban dynamics within the last century; through the restructuring of the economy as well as the government policy of decentralisation. Pyrmont has undergone the processes of urban decay/ urban decline which saw the deterioration of the urban environment and infrastructure. A process of urban renewal then followed. Urban renewal can simply be defined as the redevelopment of such areas so they better meet the needs of the people. These processes of urban dynamics have impacted on four major components of the area of Pyrmont which include the population, land use, residential and the environment. Pyrmont is recognised as one of the most significant urban renewal programs in Australia. History of Pyrmont During the 1900s Pyrmont was regarded and developed as a significant port and industrial area for Sydney. With its advantageous location and proximity to the Sydney’s Central Business District (CBD) and harbour, an industrial economy was beginning to develop. Such industries included the maritime industry, flour mill, CSR sugar refinery, sandstone quarries and railway yards. The sense of community among labourers of Pyrmont with predominantly Irish, Catholic backgrounds consequently reflected the industries working class population of 30000 people. The residential landscape was mainly terraces and semi detached houses, corner stores and hotels. There was also a lot of pollution from the factories and industries operating at that time and this consequently led to an unpleasant, gloomy, industrial environment with polluted air and was quite unattractive to many residents. The area became increasingly unattractive and was known as ‘Sydney’s Backyard’. Process of Decentralisation However, during the 1950’s the government

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