chapter  4
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Narratives of decline and change

Before looking at the way residents constitute local problems, I want first to explore the ways in which they described the estate and how they relate themselves (or do not) to a sense of belonging to it. The meaning of place necessarily presents issues of how spatial boundaries are constructed and defined by residents or imposed by local government. While administrative boundaries may mean little to residents in their day-to-day practices, the effects of their imposition may be profound. At a time of spatially bounded regeneration, the impact of change within a geographical space and its contested identity was of heightened significance. The nature of place and its future trajectory became part of a contested public discourse.