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Presentation given by John P Houghton on 27th October 2011 at an event hosted by the Ecconomic Development Resource Centre, University of Greenwich

Presentation given by John P Houghton on 27th October 2011 at an event hosted by the Ecconomic Development Resource Centre, University of Greenwich



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    • Creative Regeneration: Innovative Solutions in Hard Times
    • John P. Houghton
    • Economic Development Research Centre, University of Greenwich, 27 th October 2011
    • “ The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”
    • Rita Mae Brown, Sudden Death
    Over and over
    • Regeneration is dead
    • Neighbourhood deprivation remains a serious and growing problem
    • There are 3 scenarios for deprived neighbourhoods – and one way forward
    Summary View slide
    • Outside a few marquee locations, the regeneration model is broken
    • No easy access to credit
    • Low levels of investor interest / consumer confidence
    • Increasing costs of raw materials
    • Deep suspicion of “regeneration” in many neighbourhoods
    Regeneration is dead View slide
    • Originally designed and presented as the antidote to regeneration
    • Political momentum flagged after 2004 and agenda disappeared after 2007
    • Problems were the mirror image of regeneration: unclear role for private sector, disconnected from housing and physical interventions
    • Contradictory strategy – top-down targets, large and complex partnerships, reliance on short-term funding
    Neighbourhood renewal in crisis
    • Failure of regeneration and renewal means there remain thousands of deprived neighbourhoods in every part of the UK
    • No national regen programme – first time since 1968
    • Recession / minimal growth
    • Rising unemployment
    • Lower public support for tackling deprivation / harsher attitudes to poverty
    • Likelihood of growing community tensions in some areas
    • Back to the 80s – poorest neighbourhoods fall into cycle of severe decline and disorder
    • Back to the 90s – poorest neighbourhoods kept afloat but gap continues to grow
    • Way forward – progress focused on twin imperatives of resilience and reintegration
    3 scenarios
    • Supporting places to adapt and benefit from social and economic change
    • Strengthening local networks and connections
    • Investment in local community development and organising
    • Supporting local economic development
    • Transfer of assets to local organisations
    • Reconstruction of services on co-operative lines
    Way forward – resilience
    • Placing neighbourhood-level work within strategic context of functional economy
    • State doing the heavy lifting at the wider spatial level
    • Tackling unsustainable growth patterns
    • Economic development plans linking poor neighbourhoods into growth
    • Stronger focus on skills and employability at the local level
    Way forward – reintegration
    • “ The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.”
    • Antonio Gramsci, Prison Notebooks
    • “ Never waste a good crisis.”
    • Rahm Emanuel
    Over and over