The emergence of choice spaces.

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Town and Country Planning, 2009, 78 (12), pp. 545 - 548
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"Choice spaces" are areas prioritized for targeted development in order to stimulate economic growth by attracting private capital, possibly at the expense of other considerations, and examples have include London's Docklands and the US city of Baltimore. Choice places exploit underutilized assets, for instance in brownfield sites, or they may adapt historic buildings; the focal point may be a town square or marina, an urban garden or promenade, and prestige property developments and leisure or retail destinations, along with restaurants and bars, are typical inducements; appearance is paramount, with the clear message that the place has a future. Now that Britain is in recession, a critical look at such places from a more socially just perspective seems to be appropriate.
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