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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Monday, February 27, 2006
    Constructing Neoliberal Glasgow
    After criticism regarding the price of apartments in the Glasgow Harbour development, former Council leader and current river project leader, Charles Gordon, said: "I don't care if they are yuppies or middle class professionals they will be most welcome in this city." This cordial invite, however, doesn't extend to the urban poor in any of the regeneration literature. The "return to the river" rhetoric employed by Council leaders masks a symptomatic silence which obscures the brutal class politics involved in the re-ordering of urban space.

    - from Constructing Neoliberal Glasgow : The Privatisation Of Space in Variant 25. As some citizens of developer-wracked Liverpool ask with increasing concern, what makes a good city? this is a timely piece of work.