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The making and remaking of Hackney Wick, 1870-2014: from urban edgeland to Olympic fringe

Davis, Juliet ORCID: 2016. The making and remaking of Hackney Wick, 1870-2014: from urban edgeland to Olympic fringe. Planning Perspectives 31 (3) , pp. 425-457. 10.1080/02665433.2015.1127180

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This paper is concerned with issues of urban change in areas of London that have become the focus of regeneration strategies predicated on accommodating growth and development within existing city boundaries. Its focus is in the Lower Lea Valley, which developed in the nineteenth century in the context of its peripheral location with respect to central London and which continues to lie at the seam between urban authorities. Today, this whole area is subject to regeneration plans based on addressing the physical and social manifestations of this transforming peripherality – including environmental impacts of industrialization, post-industrial piecemeal development, spatial disconnection and long-standing patterns of social deprivation – by creating a framework geared towards attracting new investment, population and employment and, in the process, addressing the impediments to change that are seen to have been posed by fractured local policy. Taking one small part of this larger area, Hackney Wick, which is beside the 2012 London Olympic site in the London Borough of Hackney, the paper turns to planning history to explore its development from the nineteenth century in relation to urban boundaries. It uses this exploration as the basis for reflecting on the significance of contemporary boundary adjustments and plans predicated on facilitating the creation of new local 'centrality' for the transformation of an urban edgeland.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Additional Information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0266-5433
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 23 September 2015
Last Modified: 04 May 2023 14:22

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