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Archive | September, 2013

what our town centres really need

I’ve only caught one episode of BBC2′s Robert Peston Goes Shopping, but I’m glad I did. It sharpened my unease about the much vaunted “death” of the High Street. There are two facts that tend to get lost in this debate. Fact one: High Streets have always been places of change. The speed of that change may […]

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collaborative approaches to town centres: what should planners do differently?

This article was published in the Scottish Planner (August 2013), the journal of RTPI Scotland. I was RTPI Scotland’s representative on the Fraser Review of town centres, which reported to the Scottish Government in July 2013. The government’s response is due at the end of September 2013. But most importantly, the planning system cannot nurture the other ingredients that make […]

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