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This updated edition of British Urban Policy and the Urban Development Corporations provides a comprehensive account of the policies, programmes, and effects of one of the most controversial urban policy programmes ever brought to bear upon British cities. The authors place the policies and practices of the urban development corporations (UDCs) in the wider sociopolitical context of evolving urban policy; present case studies of eight UDCs; and explore the legacies of the UDCs and the evolving framework for urban policy into the millennium.

Urban Development Corporations, urban entrepreneurialism and locality: the Merseyside Development Corporation
Urban Development Corporations, urban entrepreneurialism and locality: The Merseyside Development Corporation

At the time of writing, the Museum of Liverpool Life is hosting an exhibition of the history of the Merseyside Development Corporation (MDC). The Museum is itself housed, rather fittingly, in a building refurbished as part of the Corporation's extensive reclamation and restoration of the formerly derelict Albert Dock in Liverpool's southern dock system. The tone of the booklet accompanying the exhibition, and sharing its title -All Our Tomorrows -is decidedly quixotic, as epitomised by the introductory statement of the Corporation's Chairman, Sir Desmond Pitcher:

Ever since its inception in 1981, every action taken by the Merseyside Development Corporation, every decision made and every penny ...

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