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Planning Birmingham as a cosmopolitan city : recovering the depths of its diversity?

Chan, W.F. (2005) Planning Birmingham as a cosmopolitan city : recovering the depths of its diversity? In: Cosmopolitan Urbanism. Routledge, London, UK, pp. 204-219. ISBN 978-0-415-34492-0

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Abstract

In the last 20 years, the City of Birmingham has been re-branded into a forward-looking regional centre that is embedded within Europe and the global economy. The first phase of Birmingham's reinvention involved the construction of flagship developments, such as the National Exhibition Centre, the International Convention Centre and Symphony Hall. These prestige developments, although instrumental in enhancing Birmingham's international profile, have been heavily criticised for being spatially and socially out of reach of many local residents (Duffy, 1995, Fretter, 1993, Lister, 1991, Loftman and Nevin, 1996, Smyth, 1994). However, with the second phase of Birmingham's re-imagining the local authority has sought to involve a much wider constituency through building a new ethos for the city (Bhattacharyya, 2000).

Item type: Book Section
ID code: 1360
Keywords: Birmingham, citizenship, diversity, urban regeneration, cosmopolitan city, Geography (General), Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Subjects: Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > Geography (General)
Social Sciences > Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Social Work and Social Policy > Geography
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Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2006
Last modified: 13 Sep 2012 15:06
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/1360

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