People manage and develop places in all kinds of ways as they try to improve the environments in which they live. However, one person’s initiative can easily get in the way of another’s. All kinds of ways of managing and developing place qualities to deal with the challenges of sharing a place with others are therefore to be found in large urban areas. Sometimes these involve providing a framework of ground rules. Or a proactive orientation may be taken, mobilising energy to undertake major projects, or enhance specific place qualities, or provide for neglected needs. Action to deal with shared problems may emerge to protect valued locales, facilities or particular qualities. Such activity is motivated by a recognition that one person’s concerns are shared with others, and helps to create a ‘public’ that has a collective stake in what happens in a place. It reflects and constitutes a ‘public interest’ that those who make up such a public have in the qualities of a place.
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