Magazine article Public Finance

Regenerated City Centres 'Ill-Suited to Families'

Magazine article Public Finance

Regenerated City Centres 'Ill-Suited to Families'

Article excerpt

The government's ambition to create sustainable, mixed communities in city centres is flawed, a new study claims.

The report, City people, from the Institute for Public Policy Research, finds that the people moving into regenerated city centres over the past ten years are mostly single and between the ages of 18 and 34, not the mixed communities sought by the 2000 urban white paper.

The young inhabitants have brought important economic and cultural boosts to once-dilapidated centres such as Liverpool, Manchester and Dundee, the report says. New retail outlets and bars have opened, making areas safer and cleaner.

Yet the government is in danger of undermining the benefits of such regeneration, the study's authors argue, as its Sustainable Communities framework - launched in 2003 - ties much health, education, transport and development funding to the creation of mixed communities.

Making city centres more attractive to families, by reducing congestion, night-time noise and building larger homes and facilities such as parks and schools, would be expensive and would risk losing the 'core demographic' of young people, say the researchers. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.