Weblog on the Internet and public policy, journalism, virtual community, and more from David Brake, a Canadian academic, consultant and journalist
14 August 2005

Laurie Taylor in his excellent Thinking Allowed radio programme recently interviewed Simone Abram at length about her anthropological study of tenants’ experiences of “urban regeneration” in Norfolk Park, Sheffield (she has produced a film about this as well with accompanying website). The programme also features interviews with the residents themselves. Strangely enough she concludes that even with the best of intentions the connection between consultation and results on the ground can be very tenuous – especially when a public private partnership (or a tangle of overlapping partnerships) is involved!


  1. Urban regeneration in theory and practice

    David Brake in Urban regeneration in theory and practice alerts us to a study of the regeneration of a Sheffied housing estate that highlights how difficult it is to make community engagement and partnerships work in practice. What’s different

    Trackback by Designing for Civil Society — 15 August 2005 @ 10:34 am

  2. I am coming to suspect the best urban regeneration is to give poor people more money, and work with the cops to reduce crime.

    It’s axiomatic in my capitalist world that if you throw money at problems and especially, you can fix them. Not sure why we don’t apply this in public policy.

    Comment by John — 15 September 2005 @ 4:22 pm

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