yeyejoijoi-deactivated20121231 asked: "I thought Canada was kind of similar?" -- Yes the maj. of CA pop. is in cities. However suburbs have never been poor (some exceptions apply, eg halifax/africville?). So we do not see the phenomenon of 'gentrification' of the suburbs. How interesting! Most of our gentrifiers come from the suburbs and move into the city (older and poorer neighbourhoods), not necessarily CBD, but called 'inner' in the sense of the greater metrop. region. They might have been suburbs 100-150 years ago.
yeah, my mum swears that the inner cities used to be considered undesirable places to live but that was so long ago I find it difficult to visualise. my first geography class the lecturer introduced us to the traditional concentric-rings theory of housing desirability (the one where people move out from the CBD as their incomes rise) and I flat-out told her she was wrong and that that didn’t apply to Australia. embarrassing in retrospect because a) it wasn’t wrong, just very out of date and b) it wasn’t her personal opinion, she was just grounding us in the theory. I still think there might be a definition issue coming between us, though? Like, the gentrified/gentrifying suburbs I’m talking about are maybe 2-6km from the CBD, they’re definitely desirable because of their closeness to the city.