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Sustainable London?The future of a global city$
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Rob Imrie and Loretta Lees

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310594

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310594.001.0001

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Sustaining the public: the future of public space in London?

Sustaining the public: the future of public space in London?

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(p.220) (p.221) Eleven Sustaining the public: the future of public space in London?
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Sustainable London?
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James Fournière

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447310594.003.0011

This chapter considers the changing nature of public space in London and the growing trend towards its privatisation. It notes how far privatised public spaces, such as Canary Wharf Estate and Granary Square, King's Cross, are able to contribute to a key part of social sustainability, that is, the production of places that encourage social mixing, mingling and encounters between diverse groups. One interpretation of such spaces is that the mix of commercial and leisure uses that comprise privatized public places may attract diverse publics. There is potential for the production of culturally diverse spaces where people of different backgrounds can be part of a public alongside one another.

Keywords:   economic sustainability, gentrification, cultural diversion, Canary Wharf Estate

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