chapter  12
40 Pages

The Metabolism of Urban Affluence: Notes from the Greater Manchester City-region

ByJoe Ravetz

In the average UK or European Union (EU) city, representing the wealthier 20 per cent of the population in the ‘developed’ world, there are supermarkets with 50,000 product lines, and a level of affluence of about 50-100 times that of the poorest 20 per cent in the ‘developing’ world. These are apparently different worlds. And yet it is clear that one world is an integral part of the other world – that urban affluence appears to be interdependent with urban poverty.