UK Cities

Sao Paulo: The City of the Future?

Alex Porter | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alex Porter

My first night in the city was spent on the forty-second floor of the Edifício Itália, the second tallest building in the city, but the highest place in town to get a drink. Overcast as it was when we arrived, the view from the floor-to-ceiling windows was somewhat unremarkable, but as we finished our caiprinhas, the cloud began to lift and the city unfolded beneath us.

More Jobs Is Not Enough

Alexandra Jones | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Politics
Alexandra Jones

Britain is rightly proud of its track record of job creation, but a successful 21st Century economy requires more. Ahead of the 2015 Election, it is time for all parties to face up to the changing face of the labour market, and set out their commitments to building a more sustainable, productive and robust economy that offers opportunities for all workers, and cities, throughout the UK.

Why São Paulo Is Worth the Stop

Abby Morgan | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Abby Morgan

When we asked people to give us advice about going to Brazil, everyone always mentioned Rio de Janeiro. Rio this, Rio that, just go to Rio. But no one really said much about São Paulo. It seemed like people didn't really go there much. As our cab weaved through traffic in São Paulo's city center, our virgin eyeballs take in the first impressions of this rarely recommended city.

People Make Glasgow and Other Cities Should Take Note

Craig Todd | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Craig Todd

The Commonwealth Games being held in the city of Glasgow has not quite finished yet, but has been heralded as a "great success" due to the success of the organisation of the Games itself and the success of Scottish and other athletes.

Six Ways to Make Britain a Better Place to Do Business

Naomi Clayton | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK
Naomi Clayton

With the UK economy firmly in recovery, policy-makers are now shifting their attentions towards the question of whether it can be sustained over the longer term... how can policy-makers support more small businesses to reach their potential?

To Win in 2015, Tories, Labour and Lib Dems Need to Think Cities

Ben Harrison | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Harrison

The election itself will inevitably focus on issues that matter most to voters - from jobs and housing to wages and welfare. But it is less well recognised that the election in 2015 will be determined primarily in our urban areas, and that the fortunes of each of the major political parties depend upon how they perform in, and help support, UK cities.

The Many Future Cities

Ben Barker | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Tech
Ben Barker

The future has a lot in store for cities. Before the end of the century planners and architects will have seen some weird briefs land on their desks as we make settlements on the moon, in digital space and roaming settlements that graze the landscape for resources.

How to Explore a Place Through its Art

Lizzie Davey | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lizzie Davey

Art and travel, for the most part, go hand in hand. I imagine when you travel you have a fair few museums and galleries listed on your itinerary. But why are people so eager to spend their day inside an air-conditioned building looking at illusions of the world, when they could be out and about actually exploring the real world?

How Your High Street Can Be a Garden, a Promenade, and a Stage

Julian Dobson | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK
Julian Dobson

How can a town grow its own high street, with little or no help from outside? A century ago that would have been a strange question: every town's high street had grown more or less organically and was an expression of the industry and resources of the locality.

The Best Cities To Live In After You Graduate

The Huffington Post UK | Conrad Jarman | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

For all the final-year students around the country, graduation is now only a stone's throw away. For the last few months you've almost certainly h...

Eat America

Mike Gerrard | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Gerrard

People go to the States for all kinds of reasons - to take a road trip, visit great cities like New York, see the fall colours, take the kids to Disneyland or hang out in Hollywood. It's not often that food is given as a reason for going, but because of its size and diversity, the USA is one of the best countries in which to enjoy great eating.

Creative Tech Entrepreneurs Should Look Beyond Shoreditch and Palo Alto for Inspiration

Beatrice Pembroke | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Tech
Beatrice Pembroke

Beyond established hotspots such as the US and UK, there's a whole movement of other digital and creative hubs, from Nairobi to Recife and Jakarta to Cairo. Less obvious pools of ideas and talent: growing markets of youth consumers and the originators of new creative ideas, social innovation and cultural leadership.

India's Train Odyssey for Entrepreneurs

Green Futures | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK
Green Futures

There is considerable potential for social enterprises in India to foster change, but the problem has always been for such projects to sustain themselves commercially. This is compounded by a cultural hesitation to discuss money matters...

We Must Think Cities for a Balanced Economic Recovery

Paul Swinney | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK
Paul Swinney

It looks increasingly likely that the UK economy has now entered into a period of sustained recovery, following the deepest peacetime recession in the last 100 years. But as the seventh edition of Cities Outlook shows, this recovery is far from balanced, and our cities need more control if they are to fulfill their potential.

Where Is The Best Place In The World To Study?

The Huffington Post UK | Emma Reidy | Posted 21.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

If you've ever wondered which city offers the very best student experience, then look no further. Topuniversities.com has revealed the best univers...

London, Paris, New York: Some Things You Just Can't Bottle

John Worne | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK
John Worne

This week I was a panellist at the launch event for the inaugural Ipsos MORI Top Cities survey - a worldwide poll that crowned London as the most popular city in Europe, but forced us to tip our bowler hats to New York as the global winner. But in amongst the data were a few fascinating phenomena...

HMV May Have Been Rescued, but We Still Need to Fundamentally Re-Think Our Cities' High Streets

Ben Harrison | Posted 08.06.2013 | UK
Ben Harrison

Last week's news that stricken high street giant HMV has been rescued will be a relief to many, not least those whose jobs will be saved by the deal. But the fundamental challenges facin

Race Against Time for Future Cities

Raconteur Media | Posted 26.05.2013 | UK
Raconteur Media

According to data from the United Nations, in 2008 the proportion of the world's population living in urban areas passed the 50% mark, heading for 70% by 2050.

A Budget for Growth Tomorrow?

Ben Harrison | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Harrison

George Osborne's budget yesterday rightly focussed on some of the issues vital to improving the economic performance of our cities, including increased access to housing, new infrastructure investment, and empowering our urban areas to take greater direct control of their economies themselves. But many of the policies announced will be implemented from 2015, meaning that this is a budget which more about growth tomorrow than growth today

The Trams!

Scott Hutchison | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Scott Hutchison

Permutation upon permutation of exasperated expletives have been thrown at the now infamous Edinburgh Tram project. Each time I return to the city after a length of time on tour I expect the fervent dissing of the tram works to have quietened a little, that the city's drivers and pedestrians will have accepted the situation and moved on to another subject of complaint.

Britain Needs More Houses, But It Doesn't Need Them Everywhere

Paul Swinney | Posted 25.03.2013 | UK Politics
Paul Swinney

High house prices are bad for future economic growth of cities such as Oxford because they price people out of the job opportunities that are available within them. This is bad for the individual, bad for businesses in such cities and, as a result, is bad for the economy.

House Building Schemes Could Boost City Economies

PA | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK

Cities across Southern England could help deliver a quick boost to the economy if they were given funds to build more houses, according to a new repor...

The Place Race

Michael Hayman | Posted 11.03.2013 | UK Politics
Michael Hayman

That race is one from recession to recovery. It will be an urban recovery so it will be the best-equipped cities that are going to lead it. Liverpool has its Mayor in Joe Andersen and that fact alone makes him one of Labour's most powerful leaders and helps to differentiate the city.

What 3 E's of New York Changed My Brain?

Professor Ian Robertson | Posted 08.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Ian Robertson

The late writer Christopher Hitchens wrote that when you come to New York, you go to bed an hour later and wake up an hour earlier, and I can confirm this anecdotally myself. Noradrenaline is the key 'wake-up' drug of the brain and it may be that the shear repeated novelty and stimulus of this great city is chemically flooding my brain with this brain-protecting substance.

Top Ten City Spots To See The Sun Set

The Huffington Post UK | Katy Holland | Posted 21.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle

A recent study found that nearly half of the British population think that sunsets are best watched on a foreign beach - which means that too many of ...