Few politicians have seen this connection. The attention has been on attracting employers and consumers from other places, rather than investing in one’s own places and the businesses and people tied to them.
Progressive transport planning is in the midst of a boom, but is it on the right track to create the shift that the movement is looking for and does it even have the right vision of what that is?
It is in fact these immediate environments that humans most directly interact with and experience, and it is this place level or human scale that environmentalism has largely ignored.
As information and resources become more and more available and the pace of change accelerates, it should be easier than ever to create places that we want to be in, that build place capital.
We think Placemaking is the best process to create the shared responsibility and citizen empowerment necessary to achieve the localism that the Big Society is striving for.