The edge of cool – Why we should care about creative and cultural displacement in cities

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

Local economies: Place-based approaches to policy implementation

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