Already 2011 is turning into a strange and uncomfortable year. The discomfort has been widely predicted, and many are already experiencing it as regeneration programmes have ended, community infrastructure is under threat and jobs are being lost.
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CLES’ new publication, launched today and supported by Groundwork UK, highlights the importance of public space and the crucial role it plays in stimulating social action and realising the coalition government’s vision for the Big Society.
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.
An over-emphasis on shared values and common identity not only implies that these are deficient within certain minority or faith communities; it is also an unhelpful distraction from the social and economic inequalities that face many individuals.
What can we learn from the winners of the annual Urbanism Awards?
Seeing my old house made me ask some questions. What happened to the place? What’s the council doing about it, and places like it?
I suspect that as Big Society slowly turns from political rhetoric into practical reality, we’re going to encounter more controversy.
I recently predicted that 2011 would be a ‘bloodbath’ for the sector. Perhaps unsurprisingly my comments attracted a mixed reaction.
So, this whole LEP business – how has it been for you? To begin with, the Pickles/Cable letter of invitation got some people quite excited.
I was born into local government and brought up to love it. Not its pomposity, ceremony or status but its capacity to change peoples lives.