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Exploring the production of urban spaceDifferential space in three post-industrial cities$
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Michael Edema Leary-Owhin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447305743

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447305743.001.0001

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Lowell: Producing urban public space and city transformation

Lowell: Producing urban public space and city transformation

(p.143) Five Lowell: Producing urban public space and city transformation
Exploring the production of urban space

Michael Edema Leary-Owhin

Policy Press

This chapter presents new research perspectives on the creation of LNHP are established, through the device of a truncated discourse analysis of a presidential statement in 1978. The chapter foregrounds contests over the naming of urban space and pinpoints relevant implications for the production of post-industrial Lowell. A range of alternative actors and agencies outside the dominant narrative emerge in the empirical research, which aims to describe and explain a number of major public space projects found once again to be conceived and delivered by a diverse coalition of interests. Another concept privileged in this chapter is that of indeterminate public space, which I argue encompasses the potential for the production of differential space.

Keywords:   discourse analysis, naming of urban space, public space projects, diverse coalition, indeterminate public space, post-industrial Lowell

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