Labelling as infrastructure limits consultation and scrutiny. Infrastructure = national scale, planning = local. Infrastructure need not cross localities, can be all in one place but is deemed 'significant' and so subject to different legal rules. And that's why this Bill worries me.
Martha Schwartz, a professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, explains how creative landscape architecture can help cities become models of sustainability in a world facing daunting environmental challenges. Interesting on urban landscapes.
Whose property is the library? The local authority or the people of Barnet's. A possession order can be issued in just the same way as any other form of private property. It will be fascinating to see whether a court will intervene. Is there such a thing as public property?
Convenience stores are a vital service for the elderly according to the Minister. Tax changes are to help local shops, will see whether planning rules can limit the growth of more out of town shopping centres.
Fascinating graphic. Cities only, so excludes Cotswolds and other rural locations. "This map shows where the super-rich in the United Kingdom live, or at least live for part of the time. The concept of having just one home or living in just one country may be foreign to many of the wealthiest people in the world; however, a large number of very rich people have addresses in the UK – often to avoid paying higher taxes elsewhere."
A series of think pieces. Houses as homes not for profit. But the legal construction of property as an alienable asset is crucial to this thinking. Is there more pressure to think of property in terms of 'home' or 'place'? Or is this wishful thinking?
Census data reveals uneven diversity. Can localism, which so many feel is premised on the concept of a rural parish, work in these circumstances? Do we need multiple forms of localism to reflect diversity? Or are streamlined procedures a unifying force? Questions ...
A skyscaper in Southwark ... "St. Mary’s will not contain any provision for affordable accommodation, a depressing if not particularly surprising move; for its part Southwark council insists that this “exception” is to allow a new gym and leisure centre, complete with 25m pool, to be built as part of the development. There will also be retail space and up to 400m sq of what is described as ‘creative business’ space." No affordable housing. So depressing.
The new Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space - keeping the legacy of the 1988 Tompkins Square Park riots and struggles for public space alive. The museum tells the history of the riots, demonstrations, squats and community gardens in the East Village.
Americans are so mobile that when *only* 11% have moved in a year (the normal level for the UK), this is seen as significant, leading to a renewed focus on place and 'the local'. Often Americans move a greater distance than Brits, so this may explain this apparent change of mood.
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