Neighbourhoods that Work: A Study of the Bournville Estate, Birmingham

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Rick Groves
Policy Press, 2003 - Social Science - 64 pages
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Published in association with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, this study provides the results from major original research addressing issues which are central to current debates about social cohesion and neighborhood renewal. The research focuses on Bournville - a successful, mixed tenure residential neighborhood in Birmingham, England. The findings of the study contribute to current debates about social capital and policy responses designed to achieve more balanced and cohesive neighborhoods. It challenges simplistic approaches which tend to advocate the social engineering of mixed tenure developments, changes to allocation policies or the disposal of socially rented housing into ownership as ways of achieving "successful" neighborhoods. This report argues that the residential dynamics of mixed tenure neighborhoods are complex and require sustained and well-resourced interventions of various kinds to ensure the capacity of neighborhoods to cope with and absorb change.

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