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By Karen Evans, Penny Fraser, Ian Taylor

A story of 2 towns is a examine of 2 significant towns, Manchester and Sheffield. Drawing at the paintings of significant theorists, the authors discover the typical lifestyles, making contributions to our realizing of the defining actions of existence.

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23 It is not our intention here to endow these figures, covering only one year of police operations, with special significance. 3). 3 Crime rates of the Cities of Manchester and Sheffield (selected years 1975–90) Note: Figures for crimes reported per 100,000 population Sources: Population figures from Central Policy Unit, City of Sheffield, County Planning Department of City of Manchester, and Registrar-General’s Final Mid-Year Estimates, and annual reports of the Chief Constable, South Yorkshire and Greater Manchester Police a very small number of cities to have ‘escaped’ the ‘civil disturbances’ that occurred in many urban centres in England, notably in Manchester, in the 1980s (Watts et al.

THEORISING SPACE, SENSING PLACE Even a superficial reading of the literature on locality, well-being and space involves engagement with the epistemological debate which emerged in the mid-1980s on the interface of urban geography and social theory, particularly in respect of the theoretical status of the taken-for-granted concepts regarding space (referring to notion of place, region, city, territory, and even physical buildings) as they had tended to be employed in these disciplines. Doreen Massey (1991) and Savage and Warde (1993) have summarized many of these issues very helpfully: it is certainly not our concern here to suggest that an interest in local differences between Manchester and Sheffield involves us in a purely empirical investigation, searching out a mass of facts to illustrate or prove some difference assumed at the outset.

Hillier and Hanson 1984:ix) Hillier and Hanson’s argument is that the physical layout of buildings and space in a city—independently even of their aesthetic interpretation— provides a basic material structure for everyday life in that city, in ways that many architects and cultural commentators, preoccupied with the symbolic features of buildings and space, have tended to ignore. To recognise the powers of buildings and physical infrastructure (for example, to elevate the mind and imagination or depress the will) is not to deny that the interaction between buildings and local culture is a matter of ‘active’ and changing social relationships (as Doreen Massey has so powerfullyinsisted) (Massey 1994:144), in which buildings can be RECOGNISING LOCAL DIFFERENCE 23 transformed both in form and function, but it is to recognise that there may be some unevenness of potential: a chemical works in Teesside is less useful and more restricting a legacy in our post-industrial, post-modern times than Central Station in Manchester (now reconstructed and renamed G-Mex: the Greater Manchester Exhibition and Concert Centre) or a riverside Warehouse in London’s East End.

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