Author Archives: stevenboxall

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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London Borough of Bexley’s Growth Strategy – my thoughts

Recently the London Borough of Bexley published its Draft Growth Strategy for consultation. This is what I think and what I said. “In general, the Draft Bexley Growth Strategy is an impressive document, as at a high level (which is … Continue reading

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Community-led Plan for London from Just Space

Just Space has just submitted to the GLA its vision for a community-led plan for the future of London which I highly recommend as well worth reading (because it accords with much of my thinking). To give you a taster … Continue reading

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Cooperatives of Builders and Colony Housing Developments

Edinburgh is famous for its Old Town, with its tenements, and it’s Georgian New Town, but last year I visited Edinburgh with my wife and discovered another type of Edinburgh housing which is also very interesting. We were staying in … Continue reading

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