From 'event-led' to 'event-themed' regeneration: the 2002 Commonwealth Games Legacy Programme

Smith, A. and Fox, T. 2007. From 'event-led' to 'event-themed' regeneration: the 2002 Commonwealth Games Legacy Programme. Urban Studies. 44 (5-6), pp. 1125-1143.

TitleFrom 'event-led' to 'event-themed' regeneration: the 2002 Commonwealth Games Legacy Programme
AuthorsSmith, A. and Fox, T.
Abstract

Hosting large events has long been associated with the physical regeneration of cities. To supplement these ‘hard’ impacts, cities are now attempting to use events to stimulate ‘softer’ social and economic regeneration. This paper evaluates the impacts of a regeneration Programme adopted in conjunction with the 2002 Commonwealth Games held in Manchester, UK. Alongside its emphasis on social and economic regeneration, this Programme was unusual in that the projects were Games-themed, rather than being directly linked to the event. Despite some concerns about the organisational structures employed and the sustainability of impacts, target beneficiaries have received valuable assistance from the Programme. As such there appears to be valuable lessons that other cities can learn from this example of event regeneration.

JournalUrban Studies
Journal citation44 (5-6), pp. 1125-1143
ISSN0042-0980
YearMay 2007
FileSmith_Fox_2007_final_author.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/00420980701256039
Publication dates
PublishedMay 2007

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