One of the towns I grew up in (teenager) is now a complete dump. It's completely run-down, the town centre is no more (charity shops and gambling shops only), all the estates look like the modern-day footage of Chernobyl. Complete lack of maintenance and the place can be summed up perfectly with the word - "decay". Thirty years ago when I lived there it wasn't affluent but it was vibrant and people cared about the place. The recent story of this country is of a widening wealth divide, and in a few years time (let's say a couple more decades) I reckon a lot of these places will be slums to rival Brazil's finest. For a supposedly wealthy country it's telling how little we care about entire swathes of our own populace.