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The Businesses of the Old Kent Road (are being ignored)

I have blogged in the past about the Old Kent Road  – see here https://stevenboxall.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/old-kent-road-area-action-plan/   and here https://stevenboxall.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/old-kent-road-opportunity-area-some-thoughts/ and herehttps://stevenboxall.wordpress.com/2012/12/06/greening-the-old-kent-road/ For those who are interested I recommend the work on the businesses of the Old Kent Road by Cass Cities – work … Continue reading

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Graz Gyrations – thoughts on a visit to Graz

Towards the end of 2017 we went to Graz, Austria, on a business combined with pleasure trip. Here are some brief thoughts and observations from that trip. Blimey – Frankfurt Airport seems big. Is it as large as it seems … Continue reading

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Draft New London Plan – based on wrong assumptions?

I have just submitted my response to the Draft New London Plan consultation. I won’t paste in the whole document here, but thought I would repeat just one section where I raise what I think are important points which the … Continue reading

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The Dangers of Data

The following, from the new Vietnam War series on BBC broadcast in 2017, leaped out to me: Robert McNamara, US Secretary of Defence 1961-1968, wanted information and data but didn’t really know what to measure. So the military collected data … Continue reading

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Shopping Centres into Residential Developments

Earlier in December it was reported that the retail ‘giant’ Hammerson, which owns 23 UK shopping centres, is taking over Intu which owns 20 in the UK. Some have speculated about what Hammerson will do with their combined assets – … Continue reading

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4 Lessons from Chicago which we could learn from in the regeneration of UK cities

I’ve just read a report about Chicago by The Boston Consulting Group which found that part of the gap in economic performance and well-being between Chicago and the coastal cities of the USA is driven by much greater inequality and … Continue reading

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Do Local Authorities know enough to be allowed to borrow more?

On this morning’s BBC Radio 4’s ‘flagship’ news and current affairs programme ‘Today’ we heard from an economics expert that the UK needs more devolution down to a local authority level and that local councils need the powers and freedoms … Continue reading

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