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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Whither Tiger Bay

Rhodri Morgan makes the very good point that the presence of the National Assembly and the transformation of the Cardiff Bay area into an exclusive housing scheme and tourist destination has done nothing to help the adjacent Tiger Bay, the most deprived community in Wales.

What Cardiff Bay illustrates above anything else is that you cannot regenerate a community by erecting a prosperous infrastructure around it. Government needs to engage with local people and help them to take advantage of the opportunities that this sort of investment offers. Cardiff Bay also underlines the point that the lack of affordable housing is not just a rural issue. It impacts on our towns and cities too.
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