Welcome back to the Public Sphere Podcast – an initiative by the Public Sphere Journal with the School of Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). The overarching theme of this mini-series is “Sustainable Communities.” We hope to develop a deeper understanding of sustainable communities, by going beyond environmental sustainability, and exploring the complexity of city development with public policy in discussing how mixed-income neighbors are more equitable and effective.

The fourth episode of this mini-series, “Mixed-Income Communities and Neighborhood Regeneration” showcases an interview with Professor Tony Travers from the London School of Economics and the Director of the LSE London research unit. Tony is the author of “London’s Boroughs at 50″, which examines the development of the UK capital’s governing system and how London’s diverse boroughs helped shape the city into what it is today. His research interests include city policy, local and national government, public services, elections, and party politics.

Tony sits down with Patrick Ronk to discuss the history and evolution of London’s approach social housing policy across the decades. Their wide-ranging discussion focuses on the viability of mixed-income neighborhood creation, where social housing is located in middle-class and affluent areas to ensure individuals and families from all socio-economic backgrounds are able to live together in the same communities.

Other topics covered throughout the interview include changes in social housing architecture and environmental design, the importance of access to public services and affordable shopping, and the drawbacks and benefits of the highly controversial processes of neighborhood redevelopment and gentrification.