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Urban renaissance?New Labour, community and urban policy$
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Rob Imrie and Mike Raco

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861343802

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861343802.001.0001

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Visions of ‘urban renaissance’: the Urban Task Force report and the Urban White Paper

Visions of ‘urban renaissance’: the Urban Task Force report and the Urban White Paper

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(p.61) Three Visions of ‘urban renaissance’: the Urban Task Force report and the Urban White Paper
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Urban renaissance?
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Loretta Lees

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861343802.003.0003

This chapter examines the discursive contexts within which urban policy is being developed in Great Britain. It describes the British vision of urban renaissance in the context of the government's Urban Task Force (UTF) report, Towards an urban renaissance, and the recent Urban White Paper (UWP) on urban policy, Our towns and cities – The future: Delivering an urban renaissance. The chapter suggests that the government's urban-renaissance initiatives can be interpreted as gentrification initiatives, and thus are likely to come unstuck due to the mismatch between their inevitably class-dividing effects and the socially just, mixed, and inclusive city that is the government's ostensible objective.

Keywords:   urban policy, Great Britain, urban renaissance, Urban Task Force, towns and cities, gentrification

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