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Local democracy and neighbourhood governance

Democracy can flourish in many different ways. It is presently evolving as fresh demands for and practices of participation fall in with and challenge the representative process. Our work has found that arguments between participation and representation prove sterile when we see how they can work together in processes of “everyday democracy”. Our recommendations here... Find out more

Mapping Britain’s Unmet Needs

We were asked to look at needs in Britain by The Commission on Unclaimed Assets and give a rough assessment of the most pressing unmet needs of 60 million people – urban and rural, marginalised and empowered, rich and poor. Our aim is not to be comprehensive or definitive –but to illuminate key issues and... Find out more

North East London: a case study of globalisation

This paper was put together for the 2006 Tällberg Forum exploring the impact of globalisation on the people, communities and economies of three north-east London boroughs: Tower Hamlets, Newham and Hackney. The boroughs of North East London are places where many of the changes driven by globalisation are visible in a stark form. They include... Find out more

Neighbouring in Contemporary Britain

In recent decades increased mobility, longer life expectancy and the breakdown of the extended family have changed the way we live our lives, and the extent to which we are able to be ‘neighbourly’. This think-piece reviews the way people interact with their neighbours (neighbouring) in contemporary Britain and questions whether we still need good... Find out more

Mapping Value in the Built Urban Environment

The Value Mapping project was commissioned by CABE in late 2005 and was managed by the Young Foundation, drawing on a team with experience of research and practice. The project was commissioned in order to better capture less tangible things that people value from places – specifically new buildings. This would look at aspects of... Find out more

Tools and Processes for Neighbourhood Problem-Solving? The place for charters, inquiries and community initiatives in new neighbourhood arrangements

As the agenda for future reforms of English governance at local and neighbourhood level develops, discussions have been underway in policy circles about two related issues; the introduction of “triggers” or “community calls for action”, and the more widespread use of contracts or charters to set out agreed standards of neighbourhood service provision or local... Find out more

Seeing the wood for the trees – The evolving landscape for neighbourhood arrangements

The ideas presented in this discussion paper are in the form of an indicative draft, and there is substantially more thinking to be done. In the coming months the policy community needs to firm up a menu of options which can be pursued within existing frameworks, and to establish what needs to be done to... Find out more

Shrinking to Grow? The Urban Regeneration Challenge in Leipzig and Manchester

September Prior to 2005

Peter Hall

Leipzig and Manchester are superficially very different cities. Leipzig’s Communist government ran down its industrial base, which almost disappeared after German reunification. Manchester, one of the world’s oldest industrial cities, suffered no such fate. Yet these cities’ history and condition show remarkable parallels. Both have experienced deindustrialisation and out-migration; and both are recording abandoned housing.... Find out more