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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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Privatising London

Privatising London

Chapter:
(p.28) (p.29) Two Privatising London
Source:
Sustainable London?
Author(s):

Anna Minton

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447310594.003.0002

This chapter presents a conversation between with Anna Minton, author of Ground control. This book discusses the implications of the privatisation of public space in cities such as London, and the effects of private corporate control over the socio-spatial development of cities. Instead of purposive planning for the market driven by corporate speculation, Minton argues the case for unplanned urbanism in London. In this case, some spaces need to be free for all people to access, and in particular, environs free from corporate property investment interests and speculation. For Minton, a sustainable London must permit politicians and planners to be open-minded about alternative community uses and different ways of doing things.

Keywords:   Ground control, London spaces, privatisation, socio-spatial development, unplanned urbanism

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