The Atavistic Desires of the 1980s

Gone are the heady days of the property development boom of the mid and late 1980s when developers and the professions involved in the development process were hard pressed to keep pace with the rates of change or to evaluate the impacts this change was having upon the environment.

A major phenomenon of this process was the interest expressed in the re-development and regeneration of derelict or decaying waterfront sites, especially in inner urban areas. Indeed, in this context, the regeneration of many derelict dockside was very much a mark of the 1980s. As a reminder of the extent to which waterfronts contributed to this property boom, Warman’ s and Butler’ s remarks summarise how waterfront development sites often provided the catalyst for the regeneration of inner urban areas at this time.

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