This articles explains how there is always an alternative to demolition, if the aim is to create resilient communities. Moreover, there’s no financial reason to prevent most buildings from being renovated.
There is always an alternative to demolition. The Elephant and Castle shopping centre is a good example, but with its core client base strewn around the city, this community hub will fail. As developers cut back on affordable housing and councils continue to scoff at renovation, it seems clear that the flattening and redeveloping of opportunity areas across the country is not about making residents’ lives better. Rather than demolition, it is organic evolution that creates the most resilient communities. Forget tabula rasa regeneration, slow and steady wins the race. Just as nature renews itself, so a gradual process of pruning and regrowth is better suited to our neighbourhoods. After all, successful regeneration of an area shouldn't involve replacing the life that exists there