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Chapter 7: (Re)making Towns: Sustainable Activist Places, Practices and Representations

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(Re)making Towns: Sustainable Activist Places, Practices and Representations
(Re)making towns: Sustainable activist places, practices and representations

One of the first things I notice when driving into Aylsham, a small town in North Norfolk, England, with a population of about 6,000, are the road traffic speed signs. The closer one gets to the town centre by car the slower the speed limit, reducing further from the normal 30mph for built-up areas to a more unusual 20mph. Slow road traffic speeds, however, only express part of what ‘slow’ in the slow movement means. The term slow refers not to simply reducing the speed at which one travels or does things, but to the quality of life; as Mo, the town clerk, put it: ‘Because Slow, really, as ...

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