This title was first published in 2003. Over the last 30 years, Liverpool has undergone more economic restructuring and urban change than virtually any other city in Britain and Europe. It has also been a testing ground for almost every experiment and innovation in modern urban policy. City of Change and Challenge analyses the urban planning and regeneration experience in Liverpool over this period. In doing so, it considers the extent to which the pressure to create jobs has led to economic development aims consistently taking precedence over environmental and social concerns, and the degree to which regeneration has been dominated by centralised and top-down approaches without a strong strategic planning framework. It also discusses why some policies and programmes have been more successful than others and what lessons might be learned, not only by Liverpool's future policy makers, but also by planners, politicians and academics throughout the world.
'This book will be of interest to both academic and professional audiences concerned with the complexity of urban management processes. It provides a stimulating and thorough appraisal of Liverpool's progress from the dark days of the 1960s…' Professor Gwyn Williams, University of Manchester, UK 'The UK has provided many examples of urban growth and decline and urban renaissance. Nowhere has this been more the case than with the city of Liverpool. This volume by Chris Couch, one of Britain's most experienced academic urban planners, examines 40 years of addressing the urban agenda. His book is not just a case study of Liverpool: it provides an insight into ongoing urban change, and has lessons for other cities in both the UK and more widely in Europe.' Professor Jeremy Alden, Cardiff University, UK 'This is a well-written book which provides a reliable introduction to the succession of plans, programmes and initiatives which have been used over the past 40 years to address Liverpool's economic and social ills…will be useful for anyone needing to know what has gone on in relation to regenerating Liverpool over the past 40 years.' Urban Studies '…Crouch consistently and successfully weaves his chapters around his main issues…he raises interesting and currently relevant issues for the future in relation to planning and sustainable regeneration. The book is well supported by secondary refernces and at the same time draws on primary sources…The book has plenty of simple, well-prepared and easily understood maps, tables and diagrams. Each is incorporated into the text at appropriate points. Each one complements, clarifies or extends the text. The book will be of interest to planners and geographers, as well as to other observers of the urban scene in the social sciences and humanities. The authoritative tone, the clear organization and the plain English style will give it great appeal to undergraduates of planning, geography and urban studies.' Landscape R
Contents: Introduction: City of change; Modernizing the city; Deprivation and the inner city; Strategic planning for the conurbation; Property-led regeneration; A return to comprehensive planning?; Widening the regeneration agenda; Planned and sustainable regeneration?; Bibliography; Index.
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