Economic restructuring Inner city decay Urban regeneration - Dublin Development Dublin
Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland
Drudy, P. J., and Punch, Michael. 'Economic restructuring, urban change and regeneration: the case of Dublin'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XXIX, 1999/2000, pp215-287
Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XXIX, 1999/2000
This paper examines the impact of international economic restructuring and
globalisation in urban areas, with particular reference to Ireland’s capital city, Dublin.
These trends, often depicted as unproblematic, have resulted in considerable polarisation
between various social groups and areas, and new inequalities have emerged between
“winners” and “losers”. In Dublin, as in other cities, the policy response has been largely a
spatial one where “problem areas” have been designated for special assistance and new
agencies have been established. The impact of the Designated Area Scheme in Dublin is
evaluated, as is the record of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority, whose remits
included social and economic regeneration. The paper raises critical concerns about the
developmental implications of these interventions, particularly with respect to inner-city
communities, education, environmental impacts, land-price escalation and other urban
pressures and conflicts.
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