Academic journal article Geography

Decline and Regeneration: Policy Responses to Processes of Change in Post-WWII Urban Neighbourhoods

Academic journal article Geography

Decline and Regeneration: Policy Responses to Processes of Change in Post-WWII Urban Neighbourhoods

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Decline and Regeneration: Policy responses to processes of change in post-WWII urban neighbourhoods Ellen van Beckhoven Utrecht: The Royal Dutch Geographical Society/Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, 2006 174pp, 16.5x24cm Pb: euro18.00, ISBN 978-90-6809-387-2

This monograph deals with one of the most pressing issues facing European societies: what to do with their huge housing estates built after the Second World War? Once the showpiece of new welfare systems, many of these neighbourhoods have declined in social status and now suffer from a wide range of social maladies.

This is a daunting question for a relatively slim volume of 174 pages but this book does have a number of merits. First, it has a comprehensive review of the vast literature dealing with the many complex issues facing these estates, together with the types of solutions that have been employed to address these issues. second, although most of the analysis is based on housing in The Netherlands, detailed evidence is also taken from estates in Birmingham, Barcelona, Budapest and Stockholm. Third, the analysis and policy recommendations go beyond superficial prescriptions. …

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