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Urban vs Rural Spaces
For the first time in 2005, half of the worlds population lived in cities. Most of the increase
came from countries like Brazil and India, whose cities are enormous. Most people there
end up living in slums without water or sanitation. Over time as the children grow up and
work to bring money into the family, life for many can begin to improve.
One of the `hottest' places people from the UK retire to is the coastal strip in eastern and
southern Spain. There are a number of reasons why people retire there.
Spain has a warmer climate than the UK, which has health benefits for those with arthritis.
It has excellent transport links within the country, which are government subsided.
It has lower heating costs and household bills than the UK, and house prices are generally
Private and State pensions can be transferred directly into Spanish bank accounts and it is
relatively cheap to fly back and see family.
St Katherine's dock was originally part of the commercial docklands on the River Thames in
London. However they were damaged in the Second World War and never restored.
Nowadays the docklands have many residential apartments as well as plenty of office space
Sustainable Living in the Future
Curitiba is a city in Brazil. They are incredibly eco friendly. The city centre is not
accessible by car and there are certain places only for buses, not cars, and 75% of people
take the bus every day. Curitiba also has an amazing waste management and recycling
program. 90% of residents recycle 2/3 of their trash daily, which provides the citizens with a
cleaner city as well as jobs. Curitiba initiated a garbage exchange program in an effort to
minimize the amount of waste and litter on the streets in poorer neighbourhoods. People are
given bags of food or transportation tokens in exchange for bags of trash.
Curitiba is also covered with green space and parks to reduce pollution.