Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the Twenty First Century City (2020)

Ground Control Fear and Happiness in the Twenty First Century City When the figures say crime is falling why are we frightened than ever Could our towns and cities be creating fear and mistrust More property is being built in Britain than at any time since the Secon
  • Title: Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the Twenty First Century City
  • Author: Anna Minton
  • ISBN: 9780141033914
  • Page: 183
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the Twenty First Century City
    When the figures say crime is falling, why are we frightened than ever Could our towns and cities be creating fear and mistrust More property is being built in Britain than at any time since the Second World War but it s owned by private corporations, designed for profit and watched over by CCTV From the Docklands boom to cities such as Manchester, gated apartmenWhen the figures say crime is falling, why are we frightened than ever Could our towns and cities be creating fear and mistrust More property is being built in Britain than at any time since the Second World War but it s owned by private corporations, designed for profit and watched over by CCTV From the Docklands boom to cities such as Manchester, gated apartment developments, gleaming business districts and plazas have sprung up over the country Has this regeneration really made our lives better This passionate and vivid polemic shows us the face of Britain today, revealing the untested urban planning that is transforming not only our cities, but the nature of public space, of citizenship and of trust Anna Minton meets those who live and work in the new private spaces, those who ve fought against them and those who are excluded from them, providing forceful evidence that physical barriers are leading to a divided nation Yet there is another way Offering some surprising solutions, Anna Minton argues for an alternative, continental approach that celebrates shared space Ultimately Ground Control presents a better, happier future for our communities, and our society.
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    1. Ground control covers an intensely important issue in modern British life the alienation of public spaces from the public One can t even picnic near major London landmarks without being moved on by council wardens You can t take photographs in the street without being harrassed by the police Urban designers and traffic planners are engaged to make public places physically inaccessible and unpleasant Public highways are sold to private companies, who get to make and enforce new rules beyond the l [...]

    2. Although I agree with the thesis of this book and it makes some good points, I cannot help but wish it was a bit better written The style grated with me as it included a number of habits that I ve trained myself to avoid Examples include frequent references to other sections As described in chapter 7 , repetitiousness, and use of anecdotal evidence whilst condemning others for doing so Moreover, the author is clearly not versed in planning and thus does not explain legal concepts like Section 10 [...]

    3. If you go to the Broadmead shopping area in Bristol there are benches where you can sit and lean back and admire the weird pole things that pass for decoration or sculpture in the area Right next to Broadmead, in the Cabot Circus shopping centre, you can sit admiring the vaulting glass roof and looking down at people milling down into the centre s plaza But the benches there are giant flat blocks of stone Lots of people seem to prefer to sit on the steps instead.Why are those benches so obviousl [...]

    4. an absolutely excellent read, though a bit depressing about what we have let the UK become and a damming indication of New Labours policy sell off the family silver cheaply to private capital that they have built up on thatcherism.

    5. I will be starting my Masters in Spatial Planning in a few weeks time, and this was top of the reading list I was sent This book was incredibly thoroughly researched, and was a fascinating introduction to how cities work in 21st Century Britain While I was reading this I was reminded of Private Island How the UK Was Sold, another book from which I learnt a tremendous amount about my country, most of it eye opening in a bad way I think it is awful that a lot of the information presented here was [...]

    6. Britain has a housing crisis We also have a problem that the new developments which are going up are tending to be of the characterless, gated private policed variety This was originally printed in 2009 and has been updated to include a new chapter about the Olympics which demonstrates that community action groups and pledges really don t count for anything once they ve served their PR purposes All the trends described here were put in a deep freeze following the credit crunch, but should be tha [...]

    7. A remarkable book Minton started writing this book at a time of economic prosperity for some and completed it in the wreckage of the Global Financial Crisis Anger and seething resistance bubble through the pages.What is happening to cities London, Manchester, Salford, Edinburgh and Truro is the punctuation of this book The loss of public good is clearly revealed and the consequences on people, families and the economy well configured Minton s argument is profound So many of today s fractures in [...]

    8. Anna Minton has given us a treat with this engaging book, weaving together the privatisation of the space of the city, the urban failure that is housing policy since the 1980s and the paradoxical way that attempts to design cities and policy to make us safer finish up making us scared This is an excoriation of the contemporary city and of state nation and local efforts to manage it through privatisation in both its economic and its personal meanings Throughout she manages to channel Jane Jacobs [...]

    9. Rather dry esp after reading A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain, also excellent but a very focused and revealing look at the hopeless state of housing policy and planning in Britain today Thatcher may have created the problem, but it was in the Blair era that it was utterly compounded Now housing has become a market driven investment opportunity few can offord, rather than simply places to live Minton s calm and considered book takes it all to pieces and shows what a shambolic approach th [...]

    10. The thesis of this book is important, however, I did not particularly like Minton s style to writing At times her argument was polemic rather than considered and there is a lot of redundancy in her writing as there is too much repetition In many ways the book is paradigmatic of much that is wrong with British politics in that while the author tries to give examples out with London her thesis and the book remains essentially Londoncentric An obvious glaring omission for consideration is the 2002 [...]

    11. Thorough and readable approach to a subject that doesn t get enough coverage Focused on the UK Unfortunately, the optimism expressed in the book s final chapter has proved unwarranted since the book was published 2009.

    12. A thorough dissection of the social and psychological cost of urban planning and misguided social engineering Anna Minton raises urgent questions about the meaning of liberty in contemporary society and the importance of defending our public space.

    13. May be final straw that makes me leave labour party Very good, there has been a revolution going on in regards housing and commercial development, but we missed it somehow Also very good on how CCTV does not reduce crime or even the fear of crime.

    14. Comprehensive debunking of the last 20 years of planning policy, private sector take overs of our towns, and security focused design Revealing Disturbing.

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