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Urban Transformations

Geographies of Renewal and Creative Change, 1st Edition

Edited by Nicholas Wise, Julie Clark


238 pages | 38 B/W Illus.

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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 sports tourism regeneration in Medulin, Croatia

Nicholas Wise & Marko Perić

Conclusion: Research directions going forward

Julie Clark & Nicholas Wise


About the Editors

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.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Business Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development