The old Use Class Order created and reinforced divides between cities, the new reforms put cities on a level playing field.
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City centre footfall rose in Swansea while the city council implemented its free bus policy, but there wasn’t much change in city centre spending.
The Levelling Up White Paper aims to have a globally competitive city in “every area” by 2030. International comparisons suggest that this is a very ambitious target.
There are valid concerns about the economic impact of charging cars for access to city centres. Data on footfall and spend suggest that Birmingham’s new Clean Air Zone had no negative long-term effect on the city centre’s economy.
Analysis from our High Streets Recovery Tracker on how people react when remote-working guidance is lifted, and what that tells us about what to expect next.
Cosmetic interventions alone will not revitalise our high streets. To truly level up, the onus must be placed on making city centres better places to do business, in turn boosting footfall and consumer demand.
Not all high streets have been evenly affected by Covid-19, Cambridge and Mansfield serve as telling examples.
City MinutesCity Minutes: Will the Government’s plan level up the UK?
Director of Policy and Research Paul Swinney assesses the long-awaited Levelling Up White Paper
The ‘Medici effect’ of bringing people of different backgrounds together to encourage innovation is just another way of describing a city
Cities Outlook 2022 welcomed some of the country’s most prominent local leaders to reflect on the recovery of their high streets and city centres through various lenses