Unpopular places? Area regeneration and the geography of misery in England

Roger Burrows and David Rhodes

Using data from the annual Survey of English Housing in combination with Census data, Unpopular places? maps out areas in England where residents are likely to display high levels of dissatisfaction with their neighbourhoods.

The authors analyse the reasons for this dissatisfaction, which include crime, vandalism, litter, problematic neighbours, noise and racial harassment. Paying close attention to what residents say about their local environments, the report examines whether areas identified as being disadvantaged by existing indices are the same areas that would be identified as such by the people who live in them.

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