Civilizing Cities

Cities affect all our lives. Fernand Braudel identified their three functions,providing security,shelter and markets. Ideologists like Ebenezer Howard (garden cities) and Le Corbusier (monumental redevelopment) suggested how cities should work. Les mer
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Cities affect all our lives. Fernand Braudel identified their three functions,providing security,shelter and markets. Ideologists like Ebenezer Howard (garden cities) and Le Corbusier (monumental redevelopment) suggested how cities should work. Jane Jacobs showed how they actually work. Civilizing Cities expands considerably from these foundations in three parts: past, present and future. To address these issues, we need to replace 'normative' and 'market-led' planning ideologies based on the bulldozer, with pragmatic planning based on small-scale incrementalism and 'intensification'. We also need practical sustainable policies, which the National Planning Policy Framework signally fails to provide. Finally, we need politicians with the intellectual rigour, social understanding and felt need for fairness, like Clement Attlee, Lloyd George and, in Birmingham, Joseph Chamberlain. He or she will need to reset the balance between central and local government, make taxes more consistent (a bedroom tax just on the poor?) and reform the House of Lords as a Citizens Assembly. The book concludes with conclusions to be drawn from the Covid-19 pandemic. These include giving local councils many more essential public functions in the prevention and management of future health crises, returning planning to its public health roots and creating healthier cities with less pollution, inequality, unemployment and isolation.

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CONTENTS: Part 1: Urban Density, Change & Continuity; The Growth of Cities; Urban Renewal; Urban Conservation; Part 2: Urban Diversity, Forces for Change Town Centres; Urban Wealth, Traffic Matters; Social Roots; Part 3: Urban Democracy, Planning & Power; Planning Cities; Sustainable Towns, Urban Democracy; Afterward on Covid-19; Bibliography; Index.

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David Williams has spent a lifetime working happily in planning, economic development and regeneration, first with Liverpool and Bexley councils, then with the Civic Trust Regeneration Unit. Finally, in 1997, he set up a communityplanning consultancy, Tellus 42, working with councils, chambers and regeneration partnerships, council estates, town centres and inner neighbourhoods, community groups and charities. In Civilizing Cities, part 1 shows how cities function and grow, and how, since about 1900, density has given way to sprawl. Part 2 discusses the loss of diversity, also since 1900, through retail sheds, globalization, road traffic and social ghettoes. Part 3 concludes by setting an agenda for city revival through a new pragmatic theory for planning, a comprehensive outline of what sustainable development actually means and, last, how to restore the balance between local and central government and involve citizens in that process. In short, restoring local democracy.