London's Blue Ribbon Network: Riverside renaissance along the Thames
London’s riverside renaissance dates back to 1981, when Michael Heseltine, then Secretary of State for the Environment under Margaret Thatcher, declared London’s docklands a space without local democracy by replacing local government with the highly autonomous and non-elected London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC) (Brownill, 1990). This body was charged with using public funds to attract real-estate capital into the economic vacuum created by the migration of London’s dock activities to the east of the city. The urban development process initiated at this point continues today, even though the LDDC was dismantled in 1998, as the collection of corporate skyscrapers clustered around the initial One Canada Square building continues to grow (see ﬁ gure 10.1). This transformation of ex-industrial waterfront spaces into gleaming beacons of post-industrial urbanism was replicated elsewhere, in places such as Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, USA, and Melbourne’s docklands, Australia, using London docklands’-style entrepreneurial approaches to bring about renewal.
Regenerating London: Governance, Sustainability and Community in a Global City
Davidson, Mark, "London's Blue Ribbon Network: Riverside renaissance along the Thames" (2008). Geography. 128.