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Anne Power

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420503

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420503.001.0001

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Neighbourhoods matter – is it the people or the place?

Neighbourhoods matter – is it the people or the place?

(p.17) Two Neighbourhoods matter – is it the people or the place?
City survivors

Anne Power

Policy Press

This chapter looks at neighbourhoods as the basic building blocks of all cities and towns. It observes that there are many serious problems and a general atmosphere of decay and decline, but there are also many promising changes and historic assets. It notes that the two Northern families are very committed to their areas, one as a ‘gentrifier’, who chooses to live in a diverse inner-city area, the other as a long-standing ‘born n bred’ old-guard resident. It observes that the London families cope with a much tougher environment, torn between strong local ties and the inescapable pressures to get out. It further observes that the neighbourhoods are difficult places for families, but the families find many things to defend, many positive assets they like.

Keywords:   neighbourhoods, decline, decay, Northern families, historic assets, gentrifier, inner-city area, London families

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