We have an opportunity to build new political and service models based on place and neighbourhoods under the banner of 'neighbourhood community budgets', or localism, or co-operative councils, or whatever. Frankly, the label doesn’t matter much – but the behaviours of the key stakeholders and outcomes do.
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A vibrant future for our towns means we must reject the idea that they are for for shoppers, and reassert our towns as spaces of citizenship.
In a recent report on liveability, Australian cities made up four of the top ten. As Tim Horton explains, linking design with governance is crucial to the country's success
Deliver a service, add value and people will do business with you. For all the hype of the social enterprise revolution, it really is often as simple as that.
So taken at face value we end up with a strict national planning system in which there is mandatory sale of particular properties to finance very specific replacements and additional properties. So much apparently for local discretion.
As funds are scarce, competition great, and the role of government a topic of hot debate, 'effectiveness' will become the key metric to future survival.
Having a reliable and trustworthy person who is at a fixed location near people's home at the same times every day is a huge opportunity for a range of local service provisions. Shopkeepers need to capitalise on this and formalise their contribution to the community.
What could a contract between the social economy (such as a reinvented corner shop) and local councils look like?
Whether rural or urban, the examples above show us that it is possible not only to maintain, but also expand, the quality of service provisions in our neighbourhoods through ingenious combinations of mixed-mode investment and creative reutilisation of community assets.
The corner shop should be a hub where networks of trust and recommendation grow, where newcomers to an area can pick up a welcome pack and learn where to find reliable traders, and a meeting point for people who want to improve and invest in their neighbourhood.