Home Truths: the myth and reality of regeneration in Dundee.
This paper presents a case study of processes that are changing the physical and social fabric of Dundee, concentrating on the proposed demolition of the multi-story flats that, for over thirty years, have dominated the city’s skyline. It begins with an overview of current developments in housing regeneration and governance before moving on to the specific example of Dundee. The empirical material falls into two parts. The first consists of a critical analysis of the council’s housing plans, looking at the arguments given for the proposals (making use of material obtained under the Freedom of Information Act as well as documents more readily available), and also at the consultation process. The second part looks at the reactions and experiences of the tenants of the buildings, drawing on protracted participant action research with housing activists and tenants. This case study tests some of the recent theories about the nature of regeneration under New Labour, and draws disturbing conclusions about the use of resources, the failures of local democracy and the impact of current policies on those with the least economic and political leverage.