Inspiring capital? Deconstructing myths and reconstructing urban environments, Edinburgh, 1860–2010

Madgin, R. and Rodger, R. (2013) Inspiring capital? Deconstructing myths and reconstructing urban environments, Edinburgh, 1860–2010. Urban History, 40(3), pp. 507-529. (doi:10.1017/S0963926813000448)

Madgin, R. and Rodger, R. (2013) Inspiring capital? Deconstructing myths and reconstructing urban environments, Edinburgh, 1860–2010. Urban History, 40(3), pp. 507-529. (doi:10.1017/S0963926813000448)

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Abstract

‘Inspiring Capital’ is the sign that confronts visitors and residents alike at the boundaries of the Edinburgh administrative area. It is a consciously ambiguous message of self-promotion: the logo proclaims the dual standing of the city of Edinburgh as a European capital city and a city of international capital. The article uses a long-run approach to explore how, by inventing and nurturing a myth about Edinburgh as a non-industrial city, councillors and planners privileged the ancient and historical character of the city and so conditioned policies associated with urban renewal and land use.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Madgin, Professor Rebecca
Authors: Madgin, R., and Rodger, R.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Urban History
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:0963-9268
ISSN (Online):1469-8706

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