Description - The Enterprising City Centre by Gwyndaf Williams
The re-emphasis on city centres as part of the wider agenda on urban renaissance and sustainable development has increased policy concerns in the field. The Enterprising City Centre is a welcome addition to the current discourse. It focuses on urban development processes and the dynamics of changing city centres with the context of the emergence of urban entrepreneurialism as a driving force in delivering urban development. It looks at the role of new modes of governance and the political economy of partnership working. The devastation caused to Manchester city centre as a result of the bombing of its core in June 1996 was to have a major physical, economic and cultural impact on the city and its key interests. The robustness of established public-private partnership arrangements enabled community leaders and key stakeholders to highlight the opportunities that this afforded to drive through a very ambitious renewal programme, and to enhance the city centre's competitiveness and quality.
The dynamic redevelopment challenges presented to Manchester City Centre has provided an ideal case-study for research into the issues of regeneration and the lessons learnt for masterplanning, programme development and implementation can be applied to any city centre regeneration project. The Enterprising City Centre reveals exemplars of local partnership working, the development and delivery of realistic implementation plans, and the range of instruments available to create both an improved quality to the urban environment and enhanced commercial and cultural competitiveness of our major city centres. That this was largely delivered in Manchester within a five year period of intensive development and renewal activity amply demonstrates the value of such experience for wider dissemination.
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(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
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