urban development corporation

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A government-sponsored enterprise with the task of facilitating urban regeneration in specific areas. J. Susser and I. Schneider (2003) believe that urban development corporations can be seen to offer ‘the promise of reconstruction and the spectre of further destruction at the same time’. Dodman (2008) Geog. J. 174, 1 examines the history, role, and function of urban development corporations in Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, and Trinidad and Tobago: ‘urban development corporations have been able to achieve large-scale transformations of the urban infrastructure and to improve many aspects of the urban environment. However, an over-reliance on governance structures of this type creates a distinct risk of limiting participation and marginalising large numbers of poor urban residents. Whilst representing a transformation in the role of governments in the management of urban areas, the transfer of some aspects of urban planning and development to these organisations necessarily results in reduced direct accountability to urban residents.’

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