Thursday, 18 June 2009

"Homes that should be lived in"

Image from bfrank35 on Flickr

In the Guardian, an extract from Anna Minton's Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the Twenty-First-Century City on the unforeseen consequences of the Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder programme in Oldham.

"...It was intended to be part of the regeneration process, but, as with all grand intentions, it had unforeseen consequences on the ground - the first of which was riding roughshod over the community, and the second is that as soon as you start getting investors in, they're interested in the bottom line and not necessarily the interests of regeneration ... You end up with the wrong results and the wrong development."

- Paul Stinchcombe, a former Labour MP who voted for the legislation

The Guardian: Razing the roots

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