Edited by John R. Bryson, Lauren Andres and Rachel Mulhall
John R. Bryson, Lauren Andres and Rachel Mulhall
This chapter explores the relationships between people, place, space and city-regions by considering the development of an integrated or systemic approach for researching city-regions as regeneration economies. This chapter is intended to identify questions rather than to provide solutions. A critical issue to consider is the importance of place or context. Thus, city-regions are heterogeneous, complex and extremely diverse. On the one hand, every city-region is distinct or unique and is the reflection of place-based incremental decision-making that has produced a distinct set of localized structures, assets, resources, investments, firms, linkages, relationships, people, history and identity. On the other hand, all city-regions have within them a complex and ever evolving mosaic of different types of place. Thus, there is as much diversity within as there is between different city-regions. A key issue is how to “read” or diagnose cities by trying to identify and interpret the complexity of urban living, livelihoods and lifestyles.