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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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The death of sustainable communities in London?

The death of sustainable communities in London?

(p.148) (p.149) Eight The death of sustainable communities in London?
Sustainable London?

Loretta Lees

Policy Press

This chapter argues the need for a much better debate around social sustainability and what it might offer London. Focusing on mixed communities policy and how it has been used to gentrify large council estates in inner London, the chapter shows that the deconcentration of poverty plays itself out as working-class/low-income population displacement and community destruction. By highlighting the case of Heygate Estate in Elephant & Castle, it exposes the negative effect to the community life in London at the national and local level. The result is social exclusion and new forms of social segregation, rather than social inclusion.

Keywords:   gentrification, social exclusion, poverty deconcentration, Heygate Estate, mixed communities policy

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