Refashioning local government and inner-city regeneration: The Salford experience
Henderson, S., Bowlby, S. and Raco, M. (2007) Refashioning local government and inner-city regeneration: The Salford experience. Urban Studies, 44 (8). pp. 1441-1463. ISSN 0042-0980
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This paper explores the role of local government in urban regeneration in England. The first part describes local-central government relations during recent decades. It concludes that 'actually occurring' regeneration fuses top-down and bottom-up priorities and preferences, as well as path dependencies created by past decisions and local relations. The second part illustrates this contention by examining the regeneration of inner-city Salford over a 25-year period. It describes Salford City Council's approach in achieving the redevelopment of the former Salford Docks and how this created the confidence for the council to embark on further regeneration projects. Yet the top-down decision-making model has failed to satisfy local expectations, creating apathy which threatens the Labour government's desire for active citizens in regeneration projects.