Urban Renewal Of Pyrmont Essay

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Abstract Definition Urban Renewal is simply the redevelopment of an urban area. It is an important process for the continuing improvement of a city. When an area gradually becomes run-down with many old looking buildings this is known as urban decay. The process involved of recovering an area from this process changes the whole nature of the area. The new buildings attract different demographics to the area – such as DINKS and other more wealthy urban dwellers. As these people are attracted and the characteristics of the area changes, so does the whole nature, culture and values of the area. History and need for Renewal The original inhabitants of the Pyrmont peninsula prior to European settlement were the Cadigal people, who named the area Tumbalong, meaning ‘place where seafood is found.’ It was not until 1811 that Europeans began to develop a port facility in the area, and by 1826 it was one of the busiest seaports in Australia. Having a close proximity to the city markets and a growing resident population meant that it attracted industry to the area. By 1900 the population had reached 1900 and was at its manufacturing peak. It was important area from which wool was shipped, sugar refined, flour milled and electricity generated. During the Second World War the area changed with the ports then handling war supplies. The importance of manufacturing declined as Sydney began decentralising and industry moved to the outer suburbs. By the early 1990s there were only about 900 people living in Pyrmont which was in a serious case of Urban Decay. In 1991, the federal government initiated a ‘Better Cities Program’ by encouraging partnership agreements between the three tiers of government, the private sector and the community. Funds of $816 million were allocated to specific urban renewal programs, of which Pyrmont-Ultimo was one. Introduction

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