Spatial scale, time and process in mega-events: the complexity of host community perspectives on neighbourhood change

Clark, J., Kearns, A. and Cleland, C. (2016) Spatial scale, time and process in mega-events: the complexity of host community perspectives on neighbourhood change. Cities, 53, pp. 87-97. (doi: 10.1016/j.cities.2016.01.012)

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A focus on the ‘mega’ aspect of hallmark events can divert attention from the micro - those local communities who are most impacted by the event. Similarly, attention to the ‘event’ aspect underplays the long process of bidding and preparation before any putative legacy of urban transformation for local people. This paper uses qualitative data to unpack the complex and multi-layered views of local residents, living in a deprived neighbourhood beside the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games site in Scotland. They reflect on five years of intensive urban regeneration, evaluate the experience of ‘lockdown’ at Games time, and consider their hopes and fears for the future of the community. Interviewing a mixture of lifelong, established, new and returning residents, we found considerable common ground across the different groups in terms of hopes for a new, mixed community in the area. However, findings also highlight concerns around urban governance practices and the limitations of a market-led approach to regeneration.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kearns, Professor Ade and Cleland, Dr Claire and Clark, Dr Julie
Authors: Clark, J., Kearns, A., and Cleland, C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Cities
ISSN (Online):1873-6084
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Authors
First Published:First published in Cities 53:87-97
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
727621SPHSU Core Renewal: Neighbourhoods and Communities Research ProgrammeAnne EllawayMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/10IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU