Town Centres

Forget Peppa Pig - It's Time to Take the Future of High Streets Seriously

Julian Dobson | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK Politics
Julian Dobson

What neither the government and local councils nor their critics have tended to recognise is that it has taken 30 years and more for the traditional British high street to reach crisis point; high streets will not be rescued in weeks or months.

Charlie Thomas

What Will Our High Streets Look Like In The Future? | Charlie Thomas | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK

Since the beginning of the recession, a high number of retail casualties have resulted in empty buildings filling up our high streets. In 2008, Wo...

From 'Me' Towns to 'We' Towns

Julian Dobson | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Julian Dobson

What's happening is that 'me' towns are starting to become 'we' towns. The narrative handed down by political and business leaders that says we are all consumers and that success is a matter of competing better for consumers' spending is being challenged.

Did The Mobile Phone Kill the High Street?

Rob A.L. Brown | Posted 03.11.2012 | UK Tech
Rob A.L. Brown

Conventional wisdom decrees that internet shopping combined with a general economic decline is responsible for ravaging our town and village centres. Research just published shows that one in seven shops on the high street has closed and this has turned many into ghost towns.

What Next for Our High Streets?

Julian Dobson | Posted 27.07.2012 | UK
Julian Dobson

So the 'golden tickets' have been awarded to a dozen successful Portas Pilots to revitalise their high streets, with the promise of another 15 to come. Meanwhile more than 350 towns and suburbs who were hoping to win this mini-lottery will need to decide what to do with the energy and enthusiasm that went into their applications.

12 Town Centres Named As First 'Portas Pilots'

PA | Posted 26.05.2012 | UK

Twelve town centres have been named as the first "Portas pilots", entitling them to funding and expert advice as they seek to regenerate high streets....

From Portas Pilots to High Street Camp: Changing the Game in Our Town Centres?

Julian Dobson | Posted 02.06.2012 | UK
Julian Dobson

Suddenly there are pots of money to transform high streets all over the place. The government has announced its long-awaited response to the Portas Review, and you can't accuse them of sitting on their thumbs.

From Events in the Gents to Pop Up People - New Life for High Streets

Julian Dobson | Posted 03.04.2012 | UK
Julian Dobson

You can imagine how people reacted. The idea of 'events in the gents' doesn't really bear thinking about. Yet the anarchic enthusiasm of a bunch of p...

Why the Queen of Shops is Good News for our High Streets

Julian Dobson | Posted 11.02.2012 | UK
Julian Dobson

On a sleety December day in Wakefield or Wigan, Weston-super-Mare or Wisbech, a walk down the high street amid hard-up Christmas shoppers is a long way from most people's idea of a good time.