Published: 9th Dec 2013

In the second in a series of essays on Poverty in the UK, commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Prospect magazine, Maria Adebowale argues for the power of placemaking in tackling poverty Understanding and tackling the roots of poverty is a challenge and requires unlocking material resources and allowing people to take part in social, economic and environmental decision-making. Overcoming poverty requires getting to grips with the role that urban places and spaces play both as material resources and as critical social, economic and environmental assets. Social policy and research has, under different party political platforms and grassroots movements, sought to ameliorate urban poverty and remedy injustice by using spaces and places to increase employment, improve public health, tackle pollution and reduce civil unrest. We are often reminded today that, for the first time in history, there are more people living in urban areas than not. We therefore need … (To read the full article, subscribe below)