Making Room for People: Choice, Voice and Liveability in by Lei Qu, Evert Hasselaar

By Lei Qu, Evert Hasselaar

Making Room for People explores the stipulations lower than which the alternative and voice of citizens give a contribution to extra livable and sustainable city components. a couple of Dutch instances illustrate the results of modern coverage measures, participatory layout techniques, novel initiatives, in addition to the consequences of non-participatory behavior. While the publication exhibits yes drawbacks inside of participatory procedures, it finally promotes extra citizen regulate over housing personal tastes and makes its case via the various and various examples.

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The policy accomplished many of its projects however cooperation was mainly between social and governmental institutions, while residents’ organisations had a minor role and individual tenants were excluded (Stouten, 2010). Nonetheless this social renewal programme paved the way for the Grote Steden Beleid (Major Cities Policy) and its initiatives launched at the beginning of the next decade (Musterd and Ostendorf, 2008). Urban regeneration from 1994 onwards - neighbourhood approach vs. neighbourhood differentiation In the 1990s both national and local governments coincided with the opinion that ‘in a number of urban districts there was too great [a] concentration of ethnic minorities, low-income groups and unemployed and that a re-differentiation of the housing stock was necessary to bring about a more balanced population’ (Priemus, 2004: 231).

Consensus too often serves those in power because it requires those who are not in power to accept the dominant ideology and political agenda, posited in seemingly neutral terms as a product of consensual agreement in the public interest’ (Angotti, 2008). In order to achieve neighbourhood change new flexible and adaptive models of action must be developed recognising the roles played by conflict, contradiction and complexity in the planning process. Neighbourhood-based planning — decision making, implementation and management — cannot be fixed, rational or linear.

Housing associations deal nowadays with the private and social housing supply, though the state continues to have a regulatory role (Harloe, 1995). Public-private partnerships have strengthened, coordinating every aspect of housing provision, distribution and allocation. 2 Neighbourhood decline and segregation Economic and housing provision changes have been important factors in the downgrading and fragmentation of working class neighbourhoods, social struggle and discontent. Impoverished conditions have not only been present but have tended to concentrate in specific areas generating spatial and social differentiation within the city.

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