Letter: Urban worrier

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Sir: Gentrification of our inner cities is not a comprehensive solution to urban decline (report, 14 January). Unless we promote low- skilled jobs in our cities, those living there shall be outbid in the housing market by the middle class moving back in. The result could be an urban structure common to many European cities where the rich live near the city centre and the poor in the outskirts.

Studio flats, art galleries and cafes may look nice, but are of little benefit to people bearing the brunt of economic restructuring.

DONALD HOUSTON

Department of Urban Studies

University of Glasgow

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