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The Chosen City - Nicholas Schoon

Hardcover Published: 9th November 2001
ISBN: 9780415258012
Number Of Pages: 370

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There is endless talk about the need for an urban renaissance; can it happen in the real world? In this broad, challenging and highly engaging book, Nicholas Schoon argues that the foremost priority for regeneration is to make neighbourhoods and cities places where people with choices choose to live.
The author surveys the last two centuries of metropolitan growth and decay, analyzes the successes and failures of recent changes in urban policy and proposes a wide range of radical measures to make the renaissance a reality. Comprehensively researched, The Chosen City is a wake up call for everyone interested and involved in urban regeneration - degree students and academics, planning and housing professionals, architects, surveyors, developers and politicians. The text is illustrated with powerful black and white images from a leading national newspaper photographer.

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"The book, commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, suggests that local and central gonvernment consider measures such as rasing standards in schools, using electronic technology to fight crime, and creating more greenfield land developments based on planning partnerships of local authorities, local communities and developers." -"New Start, 9/7/2001 "Nicholas Schoon spent most of the Blair government's first administration looking at regeneration and urbanism in Britain. "The Chosen City shows the value of such journalist enquiry. He gives us a robust and accurate history of successive governments' handling of urbanism. Specialists will no doubt be able to correct minor details but the generalist will come away understanding the current position better than they did before." -Fred Manson, "ROOF, September/October 2001 "Mentioned in a publication of "New Start, ." October 12, 2001 "The urban renaissance is probably notwork and people will continue deserting areas in search of a better life, according to a newly published book commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation...Nicholas Schoon, author of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's book on our town and cities this week warns that the urban renaissance is still confined to the drawing board rather than anywhere near becoming a reality.." -Huw Morris, "Planning Magazine ..."But there is much here to think about and to stoke up the urban policy debate.." -Will Hatchett, "housing magazine, November 2001

The Abandoned City
Darkshire and Coketown - the Approach to 1900
Enter the State - 1900 to 1951
Overspill and High Rise - 1951 to 1976
Things Can Only Get Better - 1976 to 2000
Ten Opportunities
Pushes and Pulls
The Milton Keynes Effect
How to Mingle
Education, Education, Regeneration
The Frightened City
Mixed Uses and High Densities, or MUHD
The Ideal Home
Erosion of Cities or Attrition of Cars
Town and Country
New New Towns
Renaissance or Stillbirth?
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ISBN: 9780415258012
ISBN-10: 0415258014
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 370
Published: 9th November 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 17.78  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.93
Edition Number: 1