Privatizing Public Housing Redevelopment: grassroots resistance, co-operation and devastation in three Dublin neighbourhoods

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Title: Privatizing Public Housing Redevelopment: grassroots resistance, co-operation and devastation in three Dublin neighbourhoods
Authors: Norris, MichelleHearne, Rory
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Date: Sep-2016
Online since: 2019-03-26T13:34:58Z
Abstract: This article examines variations in residents' responses to proposals to redevelop three public housing neighbourhoods in Dublin using Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and the outcomes their resistance achieved. It investigates the important role that structures of participation and representation and local social cohesion play in developing effective resident resistance to displacement and gentrification through regeneration. In two of these neighbourhoods community representative structures were strong and although one community co-operated with the PPP plans and the other opposed them, both were broadly successful in achieving their campaign objectives. Community structures in the third neighbourhood were weak however and the imposition of PPP redevelopment devastated this community which is now almost entirely vacant. This article provides some important insights for the literature on grassroots resistance to urban redevelopment, welfare state restructuring and public housing redevelopment. It reveals that, despite their lack of power, residents' resistance can significantly influence public housing redevelopment strategies particularly where community representative structures are strong. However for vulnerable communities, where representative structures are weak, the over emphasis on poverty de-concentration and refurbishing the built environment in public housing redevelopment policy can have devastating consequences. Thus, it concludes that the rationale for grass roots resistance to redevelopment is centred upon a strong place attachment, but also opposition to the privatization of public housing and the desire for poverty to be addressed in an holistic manner.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: Cities
Volume: 57
Start page: 40
End page: 46
Copyright (published version): 2016 Elsevier
Keywords: Public housingRedevelopmentPrivatizationGentrificationResistanceNeighborhoodIreland
DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2015.12.006
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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