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Cities Policy Briefing: Setting out Coalition Government policies across a common framework

Posted on: 1 October 2014
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This briefing provides details on four flagship Coalition Government policies that have had an impact on the powers, resources and flexibilities available to UK cities to stimulate economic growth between 2010 and 2014. The details of the Localism Act, waves one and two of City Deals and Growth Deals are set out using a common framework.

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Communication channels for the city: Old formulas revisited and new paths

Posted on: 1 October 2014
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This article argues that integrated city branding is not about logos and campaigns, but building up unifying and updated narratives of the contemporary city. That´s in essence the brand concept when applied to cities and places.

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You only live twice

Posted on: 24 September 2014
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The article describes how an inexorably declining part of Glasgow has been resuscitated, first as an athletes’ village for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and now as a residential community.

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Place-based policies

Posted on: 17 September 2014
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Place-based policies commonly target underperforming areas, such as deteriorating downtown business districts and disadvantaged regions. Principal examples include enterprise zones, European Union Structural Funds, and industrial cluster policies. Place-based policies are rationalized by various hypotheses in urban and labor economics, such as agglomeration economies and spatial mismatch, hypotheses that entail market failures and often predict overlap between poor economic performance and disadvantaged residents. The evidence on enterprise zones is very mixed. We need to know more about what features of enterprise zone policies make them more effective or less effective, who gains and who loses from these policies, and how we can reconcile the existing findings. Some evidence points to positive benefits of infrastructure expenditure, and also investment in higher education and university research, likely because of the public-goods nature of these policies. However, to better guide policy, we need to know more about what policies create self-sustaining longer-run gains.

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Home economics: The role of housing in rebalancing the economy

Posted on: 25 July 2014
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The latest report from IPPR North considers how housing trends can influence economic performance at national, regional and local levels, and their impact on issues such as construction, household spending and labour market mobility. The authors recommend means of addressing key problems in the areas of planning, housing finance, land supply, and the regeneration of housing and neighbourhoods.

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Focus on Tulse Hill

Posted on: 14 July 2014
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This report is the culmination of work carried out by an independent, external research team of LSE MSc RUPS students between March and June 2014. The vision of this project was to synthesize past research with new insight, compiling a more complete and accurate picture of the reality in Tulse Hill, an area in central Lambeth characterised by persistent neighbourhood deprivation. By combining geographic, ethnographic, statistical, and economic analysis into a single package, the team aim to portray a holistic view of the assets, challenges, and opportunities for the Tulse Hill area. This research was commissioned in order to produce a comprehensive data package that could be used to drive regeneration initiatives going forward and to promote more ‘joined-up’ strategies for Tulse Hill.

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Fostering growth: Understanding and strengthening the economic benefits of planning

Posted on: 17 June 2014
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The RTPI has developed a policy paper focused on understanding and strengthening the economic benefits of planning. The purpose is to explore what proponents and sceptics have been saying about the impact of planning and how planning can more effectively facilitate economic growth.

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A prospectus for growth: The historic environment in the East of England

Posted on: 29 May 2014
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This prospectus from English Heritage sets out why the historic environment is a critical part of the future economic success of the East of England and demonstrates how it already contributes as a driver for growth.

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The Park Royal Atlas: An employment study of London’s largest industrial area

Posted on: 27 May 2014
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A new ‘atlas’ that highlights the 2,000 businesses based at Park Royal and aims to ensure they can maximise the enormous benefits of one of the largest regeneration schemes in Europe has been launched. The study will inform policies and strategies for intensification and economic growth, support inward investment and celebrate and market the diverse services of Park Royal and its contribution to London’s economy.

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Videos on urbanism

Posted on: 27 May 2014
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UrbanNous provides access to digital multimedia focusing on urbanism. The latest videos cover: housing estate regeneration; low rise terrace morphology; and public realm improvement in town centres.

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