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By Libby Porter, Kate Shaw

The wish of governments for a 'renaissance' in their towns is a defining characteristic of latest city coverage. From Melbourne and Toronto to Johannesburg and Istanbul, govt regulations are effectively attracting funding and middle-class populations to their internal parts. Regeneration - or gentrification because it can frequently turn into - produces winners and losers. there's a great literature at the reasons and unequal results of gentrification, and at the international and native stipulations using methods of dis- and re-investment. yet there's little exam of the particular ideas used to accomplish city regeneration - what have been their intents, did they 'succeed' (and if now not why now not) and what have been the categorical outcomes?

Whose city Renaissance? asks who merits from those city adjustments. The ebook comprises superbly written and available tales from researchers and activists in 21 towns throughout Europe, North and South the United States, Asia, South Africa, the center East and Australia, each one exploring a particular case of city regeneration. a few chapters specialize in executive or industry recommendations using the regeneration method, and glance heavily on the results. Others examine the neighborhood contingencies that impact the best way those suggestions paintings. nonetheless others examine cases of competition and fight, and at coverage interventions that have been utilized in a few areas to ameliorate the inequities of gentrification. operating from those tales, the editors enhance a comparative research of regeneration techniques, with nuanced checks of neighborhood constraints and counteracting coverage responses. The concluding chapters offer a serious comparability of present innovations, and open new instructions for extra equitable coverage methods sooner or later.

Whose city Renaissance? is focused at scholars, lecturers, planners, policy-makers and activists. The e-book is exclusive in its geographical breadth and its positive coverage emphasis, delivering a succinct, serious and well timed exploration of city regeneration recommendations during the world.

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Silwood did have some projects out [of] the SRB money apart from the demolition side of things, but it was like you had a year’s money and then as soon as that was finished that was it; it was dropped and then it might have been money for another year for something else. They did a business plan, the original business plan, and we went to visit other places, but nothing came of any of it. Nothing that happened on Pepys [Estate] touched us. ” Because it wasn’t explained to us that when Pepys put in for their SRB bid and Lewisham put in for the Silwood SRB bid, the government said no you can’t have two in one place, you got to join them together.

Workers in the inner city squatter areas have been increasingly subject to informal, insecure and casual employment, so direct links to trade unions have been weak, but left sections of the Turkish union movement have recently become interested in urban issues, particularly in Istanbul. The state, however, has responded with strategies, ranging from subtle to brutal, to weaken the resistance. The authorities have used their access to the media to present the dwellers in squatter areas as ‘invaders’ of public land, notwithstanding the previous decades of their legitimation.

It’s another difficult job that tenants and residents are supposed to do. I went to a meeting about community trusts … I wasn’t that enamoured because I thought, “oh God that’s a lot of hard work” … It’s okay if there’s a lot of other people dying to get on the community trust. But I suppose in their view it’s what we always wanted. A community centre. We kept on about it long enough. But that’s what we’ve got, this really “iconic” (pulls face) building with flats above it. It’s ridiculous! Who in their right mind would choose to live and to part buy, not just to rent, a flat above a community hall?

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