Co-operation or co-presence? The comforting ideal of community in a master planned estate

Walters, Peter and Rosenblatt, Ted (2008) Co-operation or co-presence? The comforting ideal of community in a master planned estate. Urban Policy and Research, 26 4: 397-413. doi:10.1080/08111140801986517

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Author Walters, Peter
Rosenblatt, Ted
Title Co-operation or co-presence? The comforting ideal of community in a master planned estate
Journal name Urban Policy and Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0811-1146
Publication date 2008-12-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/08111140801986517
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 26
Issue 4
Start page 397
End page 413
Total pages 17
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 870104 Residential Construction Planning
120501 Community Planning
120507 Urban Analysis and Development
Abstract ABSTRACT Given the long and well-documented decline in the existence and relevance of place-dependent urban community, we explore the use of an idealised version of community of place in the marketing and implementation of a new suburban master planned estate (MPE) in Australia. In a social policy environment where strong communities of place are idealised, we find residents lack the resources or inclination to devote to the establishment of civic norms or durable social networks within the boundaries of the development and, for the most part, they are content to leave the establishment of the symbols of community to the property developer. It is the idea, rather than the reality, of community that is important, but in order to generate that idea, the developer needs to go to some lengths to create an ‘illusion’, or ‘sense’ of strong local community in the estate through marketing, the creation of nostalgic physical reminders, and selected community interventions such as cyclical events and celebrations. These all play an important role in the establishment of subjective ontological security for residents; to the benefit of both resident and developer.
Keyword Community
Sense of community
Master planned estate
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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