1988 volume 20(4) pages 435 – 456
doi:10.1068/a200435

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Perkins H C, 1988, "Bulldozers in the Southern Part of Heaven: defending place against rapid growth. Part 2: the Alliance strikes back" Environment and Planning A 20(4) 435 – 456

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Bulldozers in the Southern Part of Heaven: defending place against rapid growth. Part 2: the Alliance strikes back

H C Perkins

Received 26 November 1986; in revised form 27 March 1987

Abstract. A qualitative social geographical study of a community group's reaction to rapid urban growth in a free-standing service class town, Chapel Hill, NC is reported. Members of the Chapel Hill Alliance of Neighborhoods had developed a strong sense of place in the town. Growth threatened elements of that sense of place. Alliance members thought the cause of the threat lay within the Town Council's administration of Chapel Hill's planning process. They worked to have that process changed, to make it more rational. Their reaction to growth as defense of place is described.

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