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There is endless talk about the need for an urban renaissance; can it happen in the real world? In this broad, challenging and highly engaging book, Nicholas Schoon argues that the foremost priority for regeneration is to make neighbourhoods and cities places where people with choices choose to live. Urban education, crime prevention and transport systems are as much in need of root and branch improvements as urban design. So too, is the way in which we allow existing towns and cities to grow into the countryside. The author surveys the last two centuries of metropolitan growth and decay, analyses the successes and failures of recent changes in urban policy and proposes a wide range of radical measures to make the renaissance a reality. Comprehensively researched, The Chosen City is a wake up call for everyone interested and involved in urban regeneration - degree students and academics, planning and housing professionals, architects, surveyors, developers and politicians. The text is illustrated with powerful black and white images from an award-winning photographer.