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Decline and Renewal of Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods: Old Insights, New Evidence and Policy Implications


  • Michelle Norris
  • Cathal O'Connell


This article employs two tranches of qualitative research conducted in 1997-1998 and 2007-2009 on five low income social housing estates in three Irish cities to explore the trajectories they followed in terms of their ability to attract and retain residents. Four factors are identified as particularly significant in this regard: social order and disorder, community cohesion, neighbourhood life cycle and institutional strategies and capacities. Whereas the quality of the built environment and disadvantage had no clear primary impact on demand, the conclusions identify the implications of the analysis for the literature on neighbourhood change and for planning, housing and neighbourhood regeneration policy in Ireland and internationally.

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  • Michelle Norris & Cathal O'Connell, 2014. "Decline and Renewal of Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods: Old Insights, New Evidence and Policy Implications," Planning Practice & Research, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 29(4), pages 370-387, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:cpprxx:v:29:y:2014:i:4:p:370-387
    DOI: 10.1080/02697459.2013.878095

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    1. Ruth Lupton & Anne Power, 2004. "What We Know about Neighbourhood Change: A literature review," CASE Reports casereport27, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, LSE.
    2. Ruth Lupton, 2003. "Neighbourhood Effects: Can we measure them and does it matter?," CASE Papers case73, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, LSE.
    3. Lupton, Ruth, 2003. "'Neighbourhood effects': can we measure them and does it matter?," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 6327, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
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