The Crisis of London

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Andy Thornley
Routledge, 1992 - Architecture - 213 pages
London as a congruous, livable city is disintegrating. Daily life in London is becoming increasingly unpleasant, with mounting homelessness and unemployment, transportation problems and poor environment quality. The business community is also suffering, as London faces increasing competition from other European cities. "The Crisis of London" provides a thorough analysis of what has gone wrong and explores policy directions that could help London to become a more humane and accommodating city. The essays explore the greening of the city, the need for sustainability, the privatization and dehumanization of public spaces, the fear of crime experienced by women, the position of ethnic minorities, and the perspectives of local communities. The book concludes with an analysis of a vision for London involving both the creation of the necessary institutional structures and the will to address the needs of all the capital's citizens. The contributors argue that a strategic approachis needed, involving stronger public intervention and democratic community action, if London is to match the developments of other European cities.

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