Tag Archives: Town Centres

Pop-Up and Pocket Parks

We ought to be creating more temporary and small parks in our towns and cities. Continue reading

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Random Regeneration Thoughts

Just a few Urban Regeneration thoughts prompted by a recent visit to a well known town. Shop fronts and window displays don’t have to be flash or expensive, and you can often use what is already there with a well … Continue reading

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Blight, Town Centres and Temporary Use

I have written before about development causing Blight in towns and how, to me, this is unacceptable having learnt from the experiences of the 1950s, 60s and 70s. This site previously was a large COOP store in a town centre … Continue reading

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Town Centre Blight is back from the 1960s, and is just rudeness.

One of the UK’s big supermarket chains has left this street in a town in Kent in a state of blight for at least 10 years whilst it decides when and how to build a new supermarket. Putting up some … Continue reading

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Councils: Don’t let big business be bad neighbours (by causing blight)

Whilst in an Essex town recently, whilst doing some work on a growth and regeneration area, I saw this lovely empty building right in the centre of town. My local contacts tell my that this ex-cinema was purchased by one … Continue reading

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Locating Train Stations and Conference Centres in City Centres

I came across an interesting article by Justin Webb (BBC Radio 4 presenter) on the importance of railway stations in city centres and I thought it worth paraphrasing. In the UK most political conferences involve the delegates arriving by train, … Continue reading

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Pop-Up Shops – to test ideas: and for more than just retail

One of my local town centres has been awarded tax payers’ money to regenerate its High Street but I think it has struggled with the concept of ‘Pop-Up’ shops. It took ‘shop’ too literally and assumed it had to be … Continue reading

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