New East Manchester: urban renaissance or urban opportunism?

Mace, A., Hall, P. and Gallent, N. 2007. New East Manchester: urban renaissance or urban opportunism? European Planning Studies. 15 (1), pp. 51-67.

TitleNew East Manchester: urban renaissance or urban opportunism?
AuthorsMace, A., Hall, P. and Gallent, N.
Abstract

In this paper we ask how a shrinking city responds when faced with a

perforated urban fabric. Drawing on Manchester’s response to its perforated eastern flank - and informed by a parallel study of Leipzig - we use the city’s current

approach to critique urban regeneration policy in England. Urban renaissance holds out the promise of delivering more sustainable - that is more compact, more inclusive and more equitable - cities. However, the Manchester study demonstrated that the attempt to stem population loss from the city is at best fragile, despite a raft of policies now in place to support urban renaissance in England. It is argued here that Manchester like Leipzig is likely to face an ongoing battle to attract residents back from their suburban hinterlands. This is especially true of the family market that we identify as being an important element for long-term sustainable population growth in both cities. We use the case of New East Manchester to consider how discourses

linked to urban renaissance – particularly those that link urbanism with greater densities - rule out some of the options available to Leipzig, namely, managing the long-term perforation of the city. We demonstrate that while Manchester is inevitably committed to the urban renaissance agenda, in practice New East Manchester

demonstrates a far more pragmatic – but equally unavoidable – approach. This we

attribute to the gap between renaissance and regeneration described by Amin et al (2000) who define the former as urbanism for the middle class and the latter as

urbanism for the working class. While this opportunistic approach may ultimately succeed in producing development on the ground, it will not address the

fundamental, and chronic, problem; the combination of push and pull that sees

families relocating to suburban areas. Thus, if existing communities in East

Manchester are to have their area buoyed up – or sustained - by incomers, and

especially families, with greater levels of social capital and higher incomes urban policy in England will have to be challenged.

KeywordsUrban renaissance, Manchester, Leipzig, sustainable population growth, families
JournalEuropean Planning Studies
Journal citation15 (1), pp. 51-67
ISSN0965-4313
YearJan 2007
FileMace_Hall_Gallent_2007_final_author.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/09654310601016606
Publication dates
PublishedJan 2007

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