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UK City Productivity Musings

  There has been much comment (and some puzzlement) in the last year about how and why productivity growth at national level has not returned back to pre-crisis levels. This article in the Economist goes over some of the theories behind why this might be happening. Given the publication of a broad measure of productivity […]

What is Driving this Devolution Push

This is started out as a short post to get behind what is driving devolution to cities in England. It got a little too long. Apologies.  Well what is this all about; why is it happening and what can we expect from it. There is much talk about how centralised the UK’s decision making is […]

The Development of Policies Towards Cities in England in the last 10 years – (or so)

I am writing this as I have been asked to help organise a visit of Dutch policy makers who are keen to learn from our experience of  City policy in England and whilst I have lived through it and had an input into some of it – I couldn’t find a succinct summary of this […]

Cities, Structural Funds and Smart Specialisation- What is the emerging picture

I want to look at the emerging role of cities in the new EU structural funds in a forthcoming blog post and wondered if there was feedback/ or anyone had information/sources on 1) Proposed Delegations down to Cities under the ITI initiative 2) Whether the 5% figure for Sustainable Urban Development is a minimum or […]

Air pollution: the hidden and neglected killer!

Now this is not my area of expertise but I thought I ought to raise at least the issue of air pollution in our cities, particularly outside of London. I have been following recently the impact of the EU Air Quality directives on the UK and the fact that at many sites in the UK […]

Transport in Cities of the Future – Yes we may be car less!

Now this is interesting stuff. Don’t read the LEP strategy or even any current Birmingham City Council strategies if you want to know what this might look like. Just listen to Julia King in the video opposite to see what we need to do and then come along to see  Professor Miles Tight. His lecture […]

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