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Park and urban regeneration: A missing link?

Bobisse, R; (2005) Park and urban regeneration: A missing link? Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Urban local parks are increasingly appreciated for the role they can play in the social, economic and environmental sustainability of our cities. The Government has endorsed the 'green cause' and is promoting parks as urban regeneration drivers. However, this role is problematic since it has not always taken into account the need to ensure that all of the benefits that parks promise to release are compatible and whether or not this incompatibility affects and possibly limits the regenerative potential of parks. A case study (Priory Park, in Haringey, London) will support the effort to shed some light on these issues. In particular, it will be used to test some hypotheses on how incompatibilities are produced what their consequences are and to observe how trade-offs can impact on the distribution of the benefits of parks among different stakeholders. This analysis will then help to assess to what extent parks are currently able to support regeneration objectives. Certainly the park is not the only tool to tackle urban problems and sometimes it cannot fulfil this role at all, but if, as current policies suggest, its contribution to urban regeneration should be maximised, then this case study could be used to highlight a weak connection between the approach to urban green space (influenced by traditional popular image of parks) and the other policies seeking to improve the economic and social prospects of local areas, despite the rhetoric of the holistic views on the role of green in contemporary English cities.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Park and urban regeneration: A missing link?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Architecture
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1569606
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