Big data has much to tell us about how city economies work. Our Manchester and Sheffield case studies shed light on city centres as places of consumption
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In many places workers, not leisure shoppers, are the key to high-street success
It is too soon to say whether Southern England’s recent weak house price growth is part of a broader long-term trend
Another high street report prescribes business rates reform and again fails to recognise the real blame lies in the weak economies of many UK cities
The best way to create resilient town and city centres with a strong demand for local services is to encourage broader jobs growth
Thriving city centres offer more of a premium retail experience than those struggling to fill empty shops
The recent focus on struggling high streets ignores the success of well-performing city centres and misdiagnoses the real problem: a lack of high-skill jobs
The private rented sector needs reform, but history, and economics tell us that rent controls do not work
Almost everyone agrees that we need to build more homes, but housebuilding rates vary greatly across the country and this could be due to local political will
This week marked the publication of the Greater Manchester Spatial Plan. We examine what this could mean for housing supply in the city region and for the future of the greenbelt.