For all the talk of changing lifestyles, neighbourhood still plays a fundamental role in many people’s lives. Neighbourhoods frame people’s lives, providing a bundle of services that people need, and an environment on which families depend. With this this sort of focus there is a danger of over-focusing on neighbourhoods themselves. Local experiences brownfield investment examples in india linking to wider social and economic forces.

For most of their history in Britain, Ruth Lupton notes, area-based programmes have been undertaken without proper attention to macro policy to deal with the more fundamental causes of area problems. There is also a risk of falling into a sentimental view of neighbourhood. Neighbourhood is a word that has come to sound like a valentine. As a sentimental concept ‘neighbourhood’ is harmful to city planning.

It leads to attempts at warping city life into imitations of town or suburban life. Sentimentality plays with sweet intentions in place of good sense. Jacobs’ warning is worth attending to. A successful city neighbourhood is a place that keeps sufficiently abreast of its problems so it is not destroyed by them.

An unsuccessful neighbourhood is a place that is overwhelmed by its defects and problems and is progressively more helpless before them. Our cities contain all degrees of success and failure. In Britain too, there were similar shifts. The abandonment of terraced housing and planned garden cities in favour of unplanned suburbs. The adoption of large-scale clearance instead of more incremental renewal. The construction of mass housing estates as the dominant low-income form in every inner-city area.