Community Regeneration and Complexity
Radcliffe Medical Press, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis
Introduction Over a period of 5 years, a remarkable process of change took place on the Beacon and Old Hill estate in Falmouth, Cornwall. Overlooking the gleaming boats in the multi-million pound marina below, by 1995 the estates had come, , to be known to the other communities in Falmouth as ‘Beirut’. One of the most deprived areas in Britain, the estate was blighted by violent crime, drug dealing and intimidation. The process initiated within the community that we describe stands as one of the most extraordinary examples of neighbourhood regeneration in the whole of the UK. Perhaps most strikingly, it has led to a series of notable health outcomes. In this chapter we describe the regeneration of the Beacon and Old Hill estates and advance our initial hypotheses explaining how and why this process of regeneration occurred.
In: Complexity and Healthcare Organization: a view from the street, edited by David Kernick, pp. 279-288