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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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Manchester: (Re)presenting urban space

Manchester: (Re)presenting urban space

(p.185) Six Manchester: (Re)presenting urban space
Exploring the production of urban space

Michael Edema Leary-Owhin

Policy Press

This chapter documents the emergence of the Liverpool Road Railway Station counter-project in Castlefield, Manchester, and the alternative representations of urban space promulgated by the historic preservation societies that underpinned it. Evidence is presented of the contested nature of historic space within the public sector and the movement of the counter-project into the policy mainstream is specified. Several unlikely and surprising coalitions of interests, which struggled to assert the revalorisation of historic industrial urban space, are uncovered through archival and interview research. Castlefield’s emergence from relative obscurity is illuminated using a variety of original data sources. Urban space in Castlefield is revealed to contradict any simplified public–private binary divide.

Keywords:   Liverpool Road Railway Station, Castlefield, historic preservation societies, counter-project, coalitions of interests, public–private binary divide

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