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
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
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
Thriving city centres offer more of a premium retail experience than those struggling to fill empty shops
2019 looks set to be a momentous year for the UK – Andrew Carter examines the biggest issues facing urban policy makers over the next twelve months.
The 12 Urban Myths of ChristmasMyth #1: All high streets are struggling
It’s easy to think all high streets are in crisis. Headlines constantly broadcast the struggles of big brands and the blight of boarded-up shops, and now even John Lewis has issued a profit...
Parts of Hammond’s plan could help cities reshape their high streets, but underlying economic weaknesses must be addressed for long-lasting change
Ahead of next week’s budget, it is rumoured that the Chancellor will make it easier to convert shops into homes. How exactly he will do this is unknown, but it sounds like he will expand...