Published: 17th Dec 2010

Infrastructure is a common goal in successful European cities. It’s time we followed suit, says Nicholas Falk With an inexperienced coalition government that lacks a clear plan or chart for dealing with urban development, there is a danger of not only throwing out the baby with the bathwater but abandoning the bath as well. It is essential that we face up to the coming storm, learn from 20th century history, and start mobilising resources behind a capital programme that will rebuild pride in our towns and cities. It should help reverse the flight of those with the capital and capacity needed to make our communities more sustainable. In the debates at election time, or indeed over who should replace Gordon Brown as Labour leader, surprisingly little attention was given to the state of our towns and cities. Local authorities have been seen primarily as delivery agents for government, not placemakers, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)