The Crisis of London
Edited by Dr. Andy Thornley
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Crisis of London by Dr. Andy Thornley
Book DescriptionLondon is in a mess. This is evident from the increasingly unpleasant experience of daily life in the capital, from homelessness and unemployment to frustrating transport facilities and the general bad quality of the environment. However it is not only citizens of London who are suffering but the business community as well. London is having to face increasing competition from other European cities. There is growing appreciation and debate about these problems from companies, political parties, local government and community organisations. The Crisis of London provides a solid analysis of what has gone wrong and explores policy directions that could make the city a more humane and livable place. Beginning with a discussion of the basic elements of a home, a job and a means of travelling around, it becomes clear that even in these essential aspects London is failing. A feature of the crisis is an increasingly divided city with conditions for the poorer citizens worsening all the time. The authors consider the quality of the environment. They examine the greening of the city and the need for sustainability, the privatisation and dehumanisation of public spaces; the fear experienced by women, denying them full access to the capital; the position of ethnic minorities, and the perspectives of local communities. Using the case studies of Docklands and Kings Cross, the author's raise the crucial question of the government of the capital. This review of the city concludes with an analysis of a potential vision for London involving both the creation of the necessary institutional structures and also the will to address the needs of all the capital's citizens. The authors argue that a strategic approach is needed which accepts that the market alone cannot solve the problem. Stronger public intervention and government action is necessary if London is to match the developments in other European cities.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415068864
(234mm x 156mm x 12mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 3-Sep-1992
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Dr. Andy Thornley
Planning World Cities, Paperback (June 2011)
This major comparative text examines what have been traditionally regarded as 'world cities' (New York, London, Tokyo) and a range of other important cities in America, Europe and Asia. The authors show the role planning has played in cities' responses to the forces of globalization, and argue for the importance of diverse planning practices.
Metropolitan Governance and Spatial Planning, Paperback (November 2002)
This book explores the relationship between the arrangements for metropolitan decision-making and the co-ordination of spatial policy and compares approaches across a wide range of European Cities.
Replanning European Cities, Hardback (August 1996)» View all books by Dr. Andy Thornley
An analysis of the influences on urban planning in Europe. Detailed case studies are used to explore planning policies in a range of European cities, and discuss the social and environmental objectives that influence today's urban planner.
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