Bricks and mortar 1 - 0 People?

This ITV news item seems to suggest that the 'saving' of the Welsh Streets from demolition through the intervention of SAVE in support of local activists, may prove a Pyrrhic victory, with erstwhile residents priced out of some, perhaps most, of the newly refurbished houses. It is a story that contrasts starkly with upbeat commentary elsewhere (e.g. this Guardian article  and the triumphalist SAVE commentary).

The final outcome will only be apparent once the regeneration scheme has been completed and the eventual prices, rents and tenures of all the homes are known.  But on the evidence here, the Council's original plan of 'managed decline' followed by redevelopment and gentrification may be achieved with possibly even less in the way of positive improvements for original residents than the HMR scheme had offered. 

If the ITV story is a fair reflection of what is unfolding, then it reminds us that the need for proven models of regeneration that respect existing communities remains as strong as ever. 

It would be interesting to know whether George Clarke's proposal that displaced residents should have the first option to recover their (unimproved) homes if the latter are not going to be demolished has had or could have any traction here.

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