This original book builds on the author’s research in Phoenix cities to present a vivid story of Europe’s post-industrial cities pre- and post- financial crisis. Using varied case studies the book explores how policy responses to the economic crisis have played out in different European cities, with their contrasting conditions, history and performance generating contrasting reactions. The book compares changes between Northern and Southern European countries, bigger and smaller cities, over the past ten years. Across the continent social cohesion, community investment and social enterprise have gained momentum as Europe’s crowded, resource-constrained cities face up to environmental and social limits faster than other less densely urban countries, such as the US. The author presents a compelling framework to show that Europe’s cities are creating a new industrial economy to combat environmental and social unravelling.
trains as well as fast, modern roads, bridges
and imposing motorway fly-overs. The economy of cities is like a large,
thick tapestry, woven together with thousands of threads and multiple
colours, each making the other stronger, working as a whole.
Europe’shistoriccitycentres look dense, busy, cared for, populated
with cafes, small shops, monuments, churches, public squares and
traffic. On the centre’s edge, even in smaller, poorer cities, there
are often concrete towers, gestures to modernity, banking and
internationalisation. But there are also abandoned