chapter  9
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Neighbourliness in the City Centre: Reality and Potential in the Case of the Hamburg HafenCity

The development of city centres has increasingly been in the public eye in recent years. While office and retail buildings have characterised the face of many cities for several decades, living space has since gained ground as a desirable usage. The idea of living in the city brings with it complex expectations. People hope that the city will be established not only as a place of business but also for their private everyday lives. The urbanity and diverse public life which are inseparable from the inner city are, according to such ambitions, not to be achieved by staging events nor to close down when the shops close, but should result from the complex and possibly conflict-ridden layering of different usages, diverse interests and contrasting patterns of behaviour.