The Regeneration of East Manchester since 2010: Decline or Survival?
Dr Georgina Blakeley & Professor Brendan Evans
East Manchester has been the site of one of the most substantial regeneration projects internationally, and was a central plank of New Labour policy. Since the election of the Coalition Government in 2010 policy has altered dramatically, partly as a response to the recession, but also on ideological grounds. As a result funding has been denuded and many of the structures involved in the regeneration project, most particularly New East Manchester and the Beacons New Deal for Communities have disappeared. Since the project was based on a partnership between central and local government, Manchester City Council is still attempting, without the previous input from the central state, to maintain the activities and are working with a new partner, Manchester City Football Club. This is testing a market based rather than a state-led approach to regeneration and confronts serious challenges. The paper explores current and likely future trends and asks the fundamental questions of whether a sports-driven regeneration strategy can be effective and can the entire regeneration initiative survive?
5.30pm – Registration and refreshments
6.00pm – Lecture
7.00pm – Buffet
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