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Tale of 7 cities: a practitioner's guide to city recovery

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This documentary booklet based on authors’ photographs and local eye-witness comments traces radical social and economic change in seven European post-industrial cities. Their cataclysmic decline and rebuilding has put them at the heart of national and international political ferment, spurring them on to uncover new ways of doing things. They showcase how former industrial heartlands across Europe can recover. Global population pressures and continuing migration, loss of investment and global fi nancial upheaval, climate change and resource limits, pose unknown threats to the future of cities, but these cities are at the cutting edge of new solutions. Existing infrastructure, transport connections and dense services, a tradition of invention and innovation, are leading them to pioneer exciting new ideas. Big resources are tied into these places. In our crowded continent, existing assets are constantly redeployed to cope with new shortages. Space, energy and the natural environment are three resources that drove growth in these cities. Innovative reuse of these fi nite resources propels ‘clapped out’ cities back to life, while the infectious spread of new ideas drives successful experiments in urban recovery. The seven cities share an uncertain future with the rest of the globe but Tale of 7 cities illustrates building blocks of recovering places that may survive and indeed fl ourish in a more sustainable world.

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http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/33118/1/Tale%20of%207%20cities.pdf

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