Democratization of Urban Space

Democratization of Urban Space

This article by David Madden of The Guardian examines the misconceptions about gentrification – he argues that the “regeneration” of urban spaces actually often means that the marginalized groups in those areas are relegated to new areas that are then “in need of regeneration”. He also addresses the issue that so much of the dialogue surrounding gentrification is from the middle and upper middle class bemoaning the “loss of authenticity”. Madden blasts the “trickle down” philosophy and calls for an alternative – the democratization of urban space.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/10/gentrification-not-urban-renaissance

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