Paul Burnham

Ground Control

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Anna Minton, Penguin; £9.99

Over the past 20 years cities and urban spaces in Britain have been remodelled in the interests of profit. "Regeneration" has brought private, corporately managed and policed spaces, from which working class communities have been excluded.

Policy-makers and property developers say that there is too much affordable housing in Peckham or Tottenham or wherever they wish to put new private developments. Instead of housing people in need, they claim to improve communities by bringing in upwardly mobile apartment-dwellers as role models for existing tenants and residents.

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