Questioning the publicness of public spaces in post industrial cities

The proliferation of alluring, distinctive and exclusive public spaces in many postindustrial cities raises the question of how far these environments are truly "public." Focusing on this question, this article explores the changing "publicness" of a recently redeveloped space in the city center of Newcastle upon Tyne, Britain, in relation to the dimensions of access, actor and interest. It further seeks to underline two emerging trends: the blurring of distinction between public and private spaces in the public realms of postindustrial cities; and the threat posed by image-led regeneration strategies to the everyday needs of and the civic functioning of genuine public spaces.
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Z. M. Akkar Ercan, “Questioning the publicness of public spaces in post industrial cities,” Traditional Dwellings and Settlement Review, pp. 75–91, 2005, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: