How to love the NIMBY and build more homes

Posted Posted in Essays, Streets

Create Streets Head of Research Ben Southwood explains why street votes goes with the grain of British care for place and neighbourhood. Place is emotional and rightly so. Britons are conservative about their neighbourhoods. They take pride in them. They wish them to remain green and pleasant. Many planning reformers have failed because they misunderstood […]

Photo by Robert Kwolek

Where should I go for lunch?

Posted Posted in Streets

Lessons learned from studying customer behaviour patterns in convenience and proximity  It is a well-known fact to the food industry that consumer convenience relates very strongly to the time consumers have available to make a purchase and then get on to do the next thing in their day.  What is striking are the parallels between […]

Leeds re-imagined: thinking about the new normal

Posted Posted in Planning, Streets, sustainability, Wellbeing

‘Moving on, moving better?’ Rachael Unsworth questioned in last week’s blog post, considering what cities can learn from the current crisis. With our present lives on hold it also brings about the time and opportunity to rethink our future, and the way that we design and live in our cities. City-makers from everywhere are responding […]

Moving on, moving better?

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Urban geographer and director of Leeds Walking Tours, Rachael Unsworth, asks how we can learn from the lockdown. Across the UK, quite rightly, city leaders are planning for life after lockdown. Where I live, in Leeds, City Council Leader Judith Blake has told the Yorkshire Evening Post ’Our task will be to reset and restart […]