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Colonial modernism and the flawed paradigms of urban renewal: the uneven development of Bombay City 1900-1925

Hazareesingh, Sandip (2001). Colonial modernism and the flawed paradigms of urban renewal: the uneven development of Bombay City 1900-1925. Urban History, 28(2) pp. 235–255.

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Abstract

This article explores the failure of urban renewal in Bombay city during the first quarter of the twentieth century. It shows how colonial rule structured a class-driven process of uneven urban 'improvements' that actually exacerbated the problems of congestion, bad housing and environmental blight. In this process, the new forces of modernity were selectively appropriated to accentuate the differentiation in built forms and urban spaces. Finally, through implicit comparisons with contemporary developments in Europe, it reveals the limitations of urban regeneration in a laissez-faire colonial capitalist environment where the search for quick returns by competing economic actors precluded the adoption of long-term policies and interventionist strategies necessary to create the good city life.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0963-9268
Academic Unit/Department: Arts > History
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 9578
Depositing User: Users 69 not found.
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2010 12:09
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/9578
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