Surf, Scotland's independent regeneration network, investigated the impacts of the recession on two communities, and assessed how local responses are helping maintain their resilience. Derek Rankine reports.
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Imagine a town with no centres. What would this place be? What would its civic DNA be? Imagine economies of scale didn’t work for all people all the time. Imagine community services delivered in the community, where people are and solutions are worked out together.
Efficiency without love creates the conditions for loneliness and isolation. This a form of robbery of the right to be a child. In the long term, it robs the person of the capacity to be, and to flourish. In the long term, this is a public cost.
Too many of our public services are still driven by internal priorities. That must change. Public consultation, social inclusion and partnership working are now discredited concepts because we associate them with people and processes that prevent rather than spark progress.
Identity in this context is less about a shiny building, and more about owning and cultivating a culture in a place. Imagine that the public sector desired this future. Imagine they delivered it. That’s what is going to happen in this place.
To really fix the problem, start thinking about the conditions necessary for that problem not to exist. Think ‘create health’.
Just because we’re in the middle of an economic crisis, doesn’t mean to say that regeneration is simply a luxury that we can do without. Regeneration is for life, not just for Christmas (sorry, I couldn’t resist!)
Scotland’s new regeneration strategy pledges to renew the government’s focus on community-led solutions. Good news for housing associations? Austin Macauley reports
Kincluny is aiming to be Scotland’s first sustainable village. But its notion of community sustainability goes far beyond eco-bling, as Clare Goff reports
We need an alternative which local communities can use to leverage funding to create new infrastructure. This is where TIF – tax increment financing – comes in.