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A safer city centre for all? Senses of 'community safety' in Newcastle upon Tyne

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Tim Townshend


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In recent years, many city authorities in Europe and North America have sought to attract people back to city centres for leisure, shopping, business and residence. The planning measures commonly adopted take explicit account of issues of crime and safety. The concept of 'community safety' as applied to the city centre is problematic, however, as users have diverse lifestyles, interests and values which impact on their own and others' safety. This paper reports on a study of the experiences and perceptions of safety of different groups of city centre users in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. While social identities and roles shaped the extent of concern and subsequent impacts on people's use of the city centre space, the research suggested that many concerns are genuinely shared. The paper investigates the congruence of a range or planning strategies with city centre users' safety concerns. Situational measures were viewed with scepticism, as fear centres on the presence and behaviour of others. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Pain R, Townshend T

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Geoforum

Year: 2002

Volume: 33

Issue: 1

Pages: 105-119

ISSN (print): 0016-7185

ISSN (electronic): 1872-9398

Publisher: Pergamon


DOI: 10.1016/S0016-7185(01)00025-2


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