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Leading the inclusive cityPlace-based innovation for a bounded planet$
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Robin Hambleton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447304975

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447304975.001.0001

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Creating people-friendly cities

Creating people-friendly cities

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(p.236) (p.237) Chapter 9 Creating people-friendly cities
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Leading the inclusive city
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Robin Hambleton

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447304975.003.0009

This chapter starts out with a discussion of human happiness and notes that established measures of ‘living standards’ – like GDP and GDP-per-capita – are criticised because they provide an inadequate basis for measuring the quality of life. The chapter suggests that feelings of identity and social purpose are key factors in generating human happiness. The chapter examines the way urban economies are changing and considers how place-based leadership can work to further the employment prospects for residents. It also considers the role of community development in promoting wellbeing, and explores how some cities have been very successful in creating welcoming and convivial public places. Two Innovation Stories illustrate practical ways of creating people-friendly cities. Copenhagen, Denmark has changed from being a car-clogged capital into one of the most liveable cities in the world. Melbourne, Australia provides another example of bold civic leadership leading to remarkable improvements in the public realm.

Keywords:   Copenhagen, living standards, Melbourne, leadership, place-making, place-shaping

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