1st Edition

Urban Transformations Geographies of Renewal and Creative Change

Edited By Nicholas Wise, Julie Clark Copyright 2017
    260 Pages
    by Routledge

    260 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Economic restructuring and demographic change have in recent years placed much strain on urban areas with the effects falling disproportionately on neighbourhoods that were previously underpinned by industry and manufacturing. This has presented policy makers and city planners with a binary choice: to resist change and stagnate or to change and attempt to keep up with the pace of global demand. This edited book tells the story of how urban transformation impacts on people’s lives and everyday interactions – to question where and to whom benefit accrues from these changes.

    Urban Transformations offers insight into both risk and reward as local communities and public authorities creatively address the challenge of building vital and sustainable urban environments. The authors in this edited collection argue that understanding the specifics of community, space and place is crucial to delivering insights into how, where, when, why and for whom urban areas might successfully transform. The chapters investigate urban change using a range of approaches, and case studies from the four corners of the Earth – from the United States to Iran; from the United Kingdom to Canada. The varying scales at which governance or regeneration initiatives operate, the nature and composition of urban communities, and the local or global interests of different private sector actors all raise questions for urban policy and practice. It is important to not only consider the drivers of regeneration, but its beneficiaries need to be identified.

    This edited volume addresses and elaborates on critical issues facing urban transformation and renewal as a basis for future discussion on strategies for ‘successful’ urban transformation.

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    About the Authors


    Geographies of renewal and creative change: Assessing urban transformations

    Nicholas Wise & Julie Clark

    1. Writing the past into the fabric of the present: Urban regeneration in Glasgow’s East End

    2. Julie Clark & Rebecca Madgin

    3. Urban regeneration In Motion: The High Line as a traveling urban imaginary

    4. Ian Riekes Trivers

    5. Urban revitalization in a neoliberal key: Brownfield redevelopment in Michigan

    6. Mark D. Bjelland & Ian Noyes

    7. The New Main Street: Planning, politics and change in downtown Kent, Ohio

    8. Jennifer Mapes

    9. Beyond rail: Amenity Driven High Density Development for polycentric cities

    10. Jennifer L. Kitson, Stephen T. Buckman & David C. Folch

    11. Creating third places: Ethnic retailing and place-making in metropolitan Toronto

    12. Zhixi Cecilia Zhuang

    13. Place-making and place-breaking on the banks of the Clyde

    14. Georgiana Varna

    15. Renewal of Tehran's deteriorated neighbourhoods: Opportunities for identity building and meaning making?

    16. Azadeh Hadizadeh Esfahani

    17. When community and condos collide: The uneven geographies of housing wealth in mixed-income neighbourhood transformation

    18. Charles Barlow

    19. Examining the transformation of Regent Park, Toronto: Prioritizing hard and soft infrastructure

    20. Shauna Brail, Katerina Mizrokhi & Sonia Ralston

    21. Theorising neighbourhood inequality: The things we do with theory, the things it does to us

    22. Amie Thurber

    23. Developing a research agenda to assess local social impacts of sport


    Nicholas Wise is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, Health and Community at Liverpool John Moores University, UK.

    Julie Clark is an urban policy specialist, lecturing in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of the West of Scotland, UK.