Neighbourhoods matter – is it the people or the place?

Anne Power

in City survivors

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9781847420503
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301875 | DOI:
Neighbourhoods matter – is it the people or the place?

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This chapter looks at neighbourhoods as the basic building blocks of all cities and towns. It observes that there are many serious problems and a general atmosphere of decay and decline, but there are also many promising changes and historic assets. It notes that the two Northern families are very committed to their areas, one as a ‘gentrifier’, who chooses to live in a diverse inner-city area, the other as a long-standing ‘born n bred’ old-guard resident. It observes that the London families cope with a much tougher environment, torn between strong local ties and the inescapable pressures to get out. It further observes that the neighbourhoods are difficult places for families, but the families find many things to defend, many positive assets they like.

Keywords: neighbourhoods; decline; decay; Northern families; historic assets; gentrifier; inner-city area; London families

Chapter.  10701 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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