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Strangled cities

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Urban revival is threatened by ghost towns of abandoned neighbourhoods, boarded-up homes and empty streets, says the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in a report published yesterday. 'The Slow Death of Cities? Urban abandonment or urban renaissance' says Manchester and Newcastle have lost a fifth of their population over 40 years. The foundation calls for better facilities, security and the need to attract 'urban pioneers' to spread into emptying inner areas. The report costs £16.95, 01904 430033

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