Post-Suburban Europe: Planning and Politics at the Margins by Nicholas A. Phelps, N. Parsons, Dimitris Ballas, Andrew

By Nicholas A. Phelps, N. Parsons, Dimitris Ballas, Andrew Dowling

Post-suburbia is a time period that encapsulates numerous modern city kinds, particularly the 'edge urban' - a time period used to explain the swift progress of latest city centres on the edges of verified significant towns. extensively mentioned within the US, little or no has been written approximately eu facet towns and this booklet presents a comparative research of examples in Greece, Spain, Paris, Finland and the united kingdom, providing a theoretical research of the sting urban and of post-suburban Europe.

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The entrepreneurialism of post-suburban areas in conjunction with that of central city areas is a crucial ingredient of the renewal of the metropolitan idea in Western Europe. This is because ‘central cities are now aware that they need the peripheries in order to develop, or quite simply to keep their place, in the ranks of world cities’ (Lefevre, 1998: 22). Beyond this, however, there are signs of entrepreneurial municipalism independent of these metropolitan agendas. Althubaity and Jonas (1998), for instance, have spoken specifically about the post-suburban municipal entrepreneurship apparent in North America.

One unintended consequence of 22 Post-Suburban Europe comprehensive state intervention and planning has been the production of numerous suburban settlements that amount to little more than ‘problem containers’. In fact, the history of development at the edge of major cities is replete with unintended consequences so that ‘the origins of contemporary sprawl, as paradoxical as it might seem are deeply rooted in the long-standing concern of urban reformers over excessive density’ (Bruegmann, 2005: 449).

Hayden’s (2003) history of suburbanisation in the US highlights some of the shifts in function and symbolic content of suburbs over time. A final implication of these trends, then, is that it is quite apparent, whether employers have lead or followed, that post-suburbia has been and continues to be multi-functional, and that even the predominant function is subject to change over time. 5 Friable forms: Post-suburbia’s internal coherence and enlarged spaces of engagement Finally, an important concept to emerge from the literature on contemporary rescaling of socio-economic processes and state practices is that of the variable or eccentric nesting of scales (Jessop, 1999; Jonas, 1994; Swyngedouw, 1997).

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