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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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Building the ‘healthy city’ in London

Building the ‘healthy city’ in London

(p.262) (p.263) Thirteen Building the ‘healthy city’ in London
Sustainable London?

Clare Herrick

Policy Press

This chapter examines the future of London's Healthy City aspirations at a time when the need to address environmental risk factors grows stronger, but the political will and capacity to do so is limited by economic retrenchment and policies highlighting the need for ‘personal responsibility’. The incorporation of public health sensibilities within urban planning's logic has been hailed a recent and welcome advancement in the ‘Healthy Cities’ agenda. However, the flow of knowledge has been largely unidirectional and, consequentially, policy to build healthier environments has been limited in scale and scope. Given that political attention is trained on a modifiable risk factor, through the formation of ‘Responsibility Deals’ between public health bodies and industry, the long-term sustainability of London as a ‘Healthy City’ seems unclear.

Keywords:   Responsibility Deals, London's Healthy City, economic retrenchment, UK public health, urban planning City

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