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Edge Suburb

Peter Hall

in London voices, London lives

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9781861349842
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302711 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861349842.003.0008
Edge Suburb

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This chapter focuses on Greenhithe in Kent a place well-known to only a few planners and officials. Over the last few years this area has undergone significant changes to attract more residents. The local government of Kent has been trying to build thousands of new homes and create new jobs. Kent Thameside or the Edge Suburb has faced significant changes; the place saw the rise of new retail parks, warehouses, hotels and executive housing. These changes brought about disruption, noise, diversion, congestion and pollution to the once clam Edge Suburb. Many of the older-settled residents feel a profound sense of loss; they mourn the passing of a village community. Those most recently arrived have shared their sense of loss, even though they remember the village only when it was already in decline. For the old timers, nothing would compensate them for the loss of their rural idyll. The new comers, though they almost without exception have local roots, are less sentimentally attached to the place, or not at all.

Keywords: Greenhithe; Kent Thameside; Edge Suburb; real village community; rural idyll

Chapter.  13411 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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