Docklands: Cultures in Conflict, Worlds in Collision

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Figure 10.1 Canary Wharf and the Millennium Dome, Janet Foster

On a chilly December morning in 1997 I returned to the Isle of Dogs five years after my field work was completed. The Docklands Light Railway meandered out of Bank station in the heart of the City of London with passengers absorbed in their newspapers, conversations or thoughts, largely oblivious to their surroundings as the run-down areas of the East End went past outside, row upon row of council flats, visible through the murky windows of the train. With few exceptions, these still looked neglected and forlorn, and I was surprised by how little seemed to have changed.

As the train rapidly progressed towards the Isle of Dogs, the Canary Wharf development, the “beacon” of the new Docklands, still takes my breath away-perhaps because of its quality, but also because of the stark contrasts with the

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgements ix
  • List of Figures xi
  • List of Tables xiii
  • Introduction 1
  • Chapter One - “echoes of the Past” 9
  • Chapter Two - Dreams and Schemes 47
  • Chapter Three - “we Didn't Have Time to Be Nice to People” 91
  • Chapter Four - “grab and Greed” 117
  • Chapter Five - Different Worlds 159
  • Chapter Six - “a Slice of the Cake” 209
  • Chapter 7 - It All Turns Very Nasty: 249
  • Chapter Eight - “a Different Place Altogether” 287
  • Chapter Nine - Making Sense of It All: 313
  • Postscript 353
  • References 365
  • Index 377
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