Reporting Regeneration: a tale of two cities

In particular, London and Liverpool are both reported on today.
Concerning London, an article by Mark Easton on the BBC website has the headline ‘Why have the white british left London?‘. It is a good example of responsible journalism, looking at demographic changes between the census points in 2001 and 2011 and getting out to find the local stories behind the bare data.
And the back story he reports is of white working class communities which have changed over time, from arriving in the 1920s and 1930s into quality council housing and a job at Ford Dagenham, through to redundancy or retirement and moving out, being replaced by the next arrival communities, many now from the wider EU and from Africa. As he says, a success story of arrival or reception neighbourhoods and upward mobility.
Then Liverpool, which struggles to get a good press at the best of times. This is the full item from today’s Daily Mirror, page 8:

‘Regeneration Houses sell for £1 each
      Houses in a failed regeneration zone have been put up for sale – for just £1 each. But the boarded-up, empty Victorian terraced homes will only be sold to DIY fans or private landlords who vow to bring them up to scratch. The offer comes as Liverpool council has broken off talks with a contractor over a £25 million bid to transform the Granby Triangle area in inner city Kensington. Deputy mayor Paul Brant said: “This allows people excluded from mortgages but with construction skills to play a part in regeneration.”
And if space allowed, the back story here would be how the coalition government abandoned the Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder areas mid-programme to twist in the wind. Not so much rebalancing, more like cutting loose. Link:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21511904

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