From: Stale Holgersen
Last year I submitted a thesis on the urban development and planning
process at King’s Cross in London. And currently I work as a
city-planner in Norway.
Last fall I received an e-mail from a German publisher – VDM Verlag.
proposed to publish it as a book. This book is now a reality, and can
be purchased online. The book is called “Class Conflicts and Planning
– A Case Study of Contemporary Development at King’s Cross in London”.
You did a lot of fine things in your 8 years, including
transforming transport from a downward spiral to an upward one,
good anti-war and foreign policy,
good on equalities, the living wage and so on.
But your Faustian pact with big business alienated a lot of your support, made many people grit their teeth while they voted for you, and has actually caused a lot of damage and intensified exploitation.
Mark from This Land is Ours sent round the pnuk list a resume on why the government has rejected PGS. I replied and outlined a better alternative….. (NB if you want to comment send an email to m.edwards [at] ucl.ac.uk because I have switched off the comment facility in this blog to reduce spam.)
What left account can we give of British planning in recent decade(s)? I just spent an enjoyable but challenging time with a norwegian graduate student, Stale Holgersen, who has been in London studying King’s Cross and asked me this question. He has come across a lot of optimistic writing about “communicative planning” but not much else. We had a couple of hours (and a couple pints of Guiness) but I could not come up with much for him.
Can anyone help to paint the picture?? I felt very ignorant (and a bit self-centred / loneley) so do please help.
Remarkably good meeting in Athens in May 2006.
Today’s papers report that the people’s republic has announced that it will re-consider putting all its reserves (growing at USD 15bn / month) into USD securities. This seems very important and could really…..