A New Kind of Bleak: Journeys Through Urban Britain (Hardback)

by Owen Hatherley

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What happens when ruination overtakes regeneration? Following on from A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain, Owen Hatherley investigates the fate of British cities in the desolate new world of savage public-sector cuts, when government funds are withdrawn and the Welfare State abdicates. He explores the urban consequences of what Conservatives privately call the "progressive nonsense" of the Big Society and "the localism agenda," the putative replacement of the state with charity and voluntarism; and he casts an eye over the last great Blairite schemes limping to completion, from London's Shard to the site of the 2012 Olympics. Crisscrossing Britain from Aberdeen to Plymouth, from Croydon to Belfast, A New Kind of Bleak finds a landscape left to rot - and discovers strange and potentially radical things growing in the wasteland.

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Published
08/06/2012

Publisher
Verso Books

ISBN
9781844678570


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