Monthly Archives: September 2014

The Problem with Regeneration

This poster, seen on a site in central London, sums up what is wrong with the way some people view Urban Regeneration and Growth: It is OUR vision which will be imposed on YOU. Good Regeneraton takes place with people … Continue reading

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The taxless recovery

Originally posted on Flip Chart Fairy Tales:
This is no ordinary recovery. Not only has it taken a hell of a long time to do not very much, it’s seen collapsing productivity and very little wage growth, even for those who appear to be highly skilled.…

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The persistence of poverty, and gentrification

With the usual caveat to do with anything from the USA; that we cannot transfer ideas and lessons for there direct into the UK, this Pod-cast from The Knight Foundation by Joe Cartright has a number of interesting headline points: … Continue reading

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Kites, Regeneration and Growth

Last weekend I was in the Bridport area, and on Sunday we went to the Kite Festival on Eggardon Hill. But what have kites got to do with Regeneration and Growth? Well, the Kite festival was organised by a community … Continue reading

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Is London too small – and how should we fund city services?

Is London too small? Recently there has been some talk around the question of whether London is too small and if its political boundaries need extending. Some (if not much) of this talk is based on data which shows that … Continue reading

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Where is Mid-Town?

This is an old gripe of mine – but where is ‘Mid-Town’? This is a continuation of the any-town, ‘clone town’, approach to London which will eventually remove the very things  which makes London such a great and successful city. … Continue reading

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Erith Riverside Gardens – Community Fun Day

I have written before about Riverside Gardens, Erith, and how I helped the local community save it from being built on by turning their emotional objections into Planning ones, the strength of which made the Local Authority change their minds. … Continue reading

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