In the latest blog post, Historic England’s Graham Saunders writes about a new campaign to keep heritage at the heart of London’s future, and how you can help shape this vision with your views. Read More
Top: Everton Park and landmark wildflowers. (Mark McNulty)
Bottom: Nature Still Draws a Crowd: Jamie Reid (Suburban Press Archive)
There is a huge pride in Northern communities which, since the decline of manufacturing, mining and shipbuilding and the rural labour force, manifests itself in different ways. Read More
Intuitively, we all believe that the places we live in, the people we live around, affect our wellbeing. Backing up this intuition with evidence proves a lot harder than you might think. Currently, there are huge gaps in the evidence base about what impact different place-based housing interventions have on our lives. Read More
The Where We Live Now project has highlighted the importance of place in people’s lives and life-chances, and explored whether policy making would improve if it was designed to focus more on places and less on sectors such as education / health / transport, and so on.
There is, however, one area of policy making that is already entirely place-focused, and that’s planning. Read More
The Where We Live Now project has been busy over the summer: holding roundtable discussions in Manchester, Truro and Cardiff to discuss place-based solutions to productivity challenges. Now that the final roundtable looking at London is on the horizon later this month, we thought you might want a flavour of what has been discussed so far. Read More
It begins: an area near the city centre is less developed, artists and independent businesses move in, culture and creativity thrive increasing the area’s visibility and desirability. At which point a less fashionable (but richer) crowd arrives, rents and prices rise and the artists/independents, and original inhabitants, get forced out. Many of us intuitively feel there’s something troubling about this, and it has been a focus of much debate in London in particular, but our reasons for caring about it are often not entirely clear – which isn’t to say we shouldn’t care. Read More
Claire McGrath discusses the progress of economic development policies at the regional and local level in the UK, and how place-based approaches can lead to more equal, bottom-up development that builds social capital, as well as economic growth.
Place based approaches have the potential to revolutionise the way in which policy is delivered by achieving higher impact outcomes often at a lower budget. The importance of place in informing the way in which policy can be most effectively implemented has relevance throughout the diverse policy landscape, but perhaps is most relevant, and has the highest potential impact, in creating and sustaining economic development and building the capacity of civil society. Read More
Stuart Aitken, Head of Content at DigitasLBi, introduces a new piece of research which demonstrates what social media can tell us about places. ‘Brick Lane in Numbers’ was first presented at the Social media, policy and place event hosted by DigitasLBi, which explored the ways that commercial companies, researchers and policy makers can use social media data to understand interactions with place.
“During the time I spent looking for it, Brick Lane changed for ever” – Rachel Lichtenstein Read More