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The future of a global city
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How is London responding to social and economic crises, and to the challenges of sustaining its population, economy and global status?

Sustainable development discourse has come to permeate different policy fields, including transport, housing, property development and education. In this exciting book, authors highlight the uneven impacts and effects of these policies in London, including the creation of new social and economic inequalities. The contributors seek to move sustainable city debates and policies in London towards a progressive, socially just future that advances the public good.

The book is essential reading for urban practitioners and policy makers, and students in social, urban and environmental geography, sociology and urban studies.

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This chapter argues the need for a much better debate around social sustainability and what it might offer London. Focusing on mixed communities policy and how it has been used to gentrify large council estates in inner London, the chapter shows that the deconcentration of poverty plays itself out as working-class/low-income population displacement and community destruction. By highlighting the case of Heygate Estate in Elephant & Castle, it exposes the negative effect to the community life in London at the national and local level. The result is social exclusion and new forms of social segregation, rather than social inclusion.

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This chapter examines the discursive contexts within which urban policy is being developed in Great Britain. It describes the British vision of urban renaissance in the context of the government’s Urban Task Force (UTF) report, Towards an urban renaissance, and the recent Urban White Paper (UWP) on urban policy, Our towns and cities – The future: Delivering an urban renaissance. The chapter suggests that the government’s urban-renaissance initiatives can be interpreted as gentrification initiatives, and thus are likely to come unstuck due to the mismatch between their inevitably class-dividing effects and the socially just, mixed, and inclusive city that is the government’s ostensible objective.

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Gentrification by stealth?

Encouraging neighbourhood social mix has been a major goal of urban policy and planning in a number of different countries. This book draws together a range of case studies by international experts to assess the impacts of social mix policies and the degree to which they might represent gentrification by stealth.

The contributions consider the range of social mix initiatives in different countries across the globe and their relationship to wider social, economic and urban change. The book combines understandings of social mix from the perspectives of researchers, policy makers and planners and the residents of the communities themselves. Mixed Communities also draws out more general lessons from these international comparisons - theoretically, empirically and for urban policy. It will be highly relevant for urban researchers and students, policy makers and practitioners alike.

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This chapter discusses how sustainable development discourse is shifting towards the notion of resilience that seems more conservative than the concept of sustainability, and less likely to offer a way to challenge the inequities of socio-spatial development pursued in the name of sustainable development. In evaluating the potential effects of the shift in emphasis, the chapter recommends that there is need to move debates, plans and policies away from the current sustainable cities agenda, which is concerned primarily with pursuing sustainable cities that balance environmental concerns, the needs of future populations and economic growth. Instead, it suggests a reconsideration of interpretations of sustainability concerned with the traditional notions of social justice which seek to balance market and social interests in the public good.

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London is one of the most dense, vibrant, and influential urban centers in the world, and this book takes a close look at how it is addressing one of the key questions of our time: environmental sustainability. Chapters take on questions of transportation, housing, property development, education, and more, looking at the effects of sustainability initiatives not only on the environment but also on inequality, urban accessibility, and more.

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London is one of the most dense, vibrant, and influential urban centers in the world, and this book takes a close look at how it is addressing one of the key questions of our time: environmental sustainability. Chapters take on questions of transportation, housing, property development, education, and more, looking at the effects of sustainability initiatives not only on the environment but also on inequality, urban accessibility, and more.

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London is one of the most dense, vibrant, and influential urban centers in the world, and this book takes a close look at how it is addressing one of the key questions of our time: environmental sustainability. Chapters take on questions of transportation, housing, property development, education, and more, looking at the effects of sustainability initiatives not only on the environment but also on inequality, urban accessibility, and more.

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London is one of the most dense, vibrant, and influential urban centers in the world, and this book takes a close look at how it is addressing one of the key questions of our time: environmental sustainability. Chapters take on questions of transportation, housing, property development, education, and more, looking at the effects of sustainability initiatives not only on the environment but also on inequality, urban accessibility, and more.

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London is one of the most dense, vibrant, and influential urban centers in the world, and this book takes a close look at how it is addressing one of the key questions of our time: environmental sustainability. Chapters take on questions of transportation, housing, property development, education, and more, looking at the effects of sustainability initiatives not only on the environment but also on inequality, urban accessibility, and more.

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