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Author Dobson, Julian

Title How to save our town centres : a radical agenda for the future of high streets
Published Bristol : Policy Press, 2015
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Description 1 online resource (310 pages)
Contents How to Save Our Town Centres; Contents; List of photographs; About the author; Acknowledgements; Preface; Part One. Today; 1. It took a riot; The long death of the high street?; A warning from history; An agenda for town centres; 2. Thanks for the memories; Why places are personal; The failure of retail-led regeneration; From risk to resilience and restoration; Climate change on the high street; Disconnected communities; Head, heart and hand; 3. To market, to market; 'Once you're on the stall, you're on stage'; The agora: interaction, not just transaction; Markets on the margins
From popping up to pricing outTaking a longer view; 4. Lost in the supermarket; Merry Hill: the anodyne agora; Hubs of local communities?; The balloon that can only get bigger; One store to rule them all; A bigger share of a smaller pie; A stirring in utopia; 5. Declaring independence; The new Luddites?; The independence fighters; When the fight fails; From failing better to moving mountains; From independence to interdependence; Part Two. Tomorrow; 6. Raise a glass to the new economy; Swimming against the tide; The creative spirit of cheese; Peer-to-peer business
People-centred economic development'Why not go to our own shop?'; Build it and they will come?; A new kind of local economy; 7. An unexpected buzz in the library; The rise and fall of the civic; Emptied, stretched, dismembered; Beyond economic value; Towards an information commons; Places of possibility; Collaborating for the common good; From public service to co-production; 8. The space in between; A garden, a promenade and a stage; Greener towns for a changing climate; These streets are made for walking; People as performance; In a pickle about parking
Restoring the common wealth of cities9. A place to live; Living in the workplace; A tale of two storeys; Lifetime town centres; Communities in control; 10. Reclaiming the land; The age of irrational exuberance; The inspiration of the interim; Ownership for common benefits; From gunboats to crowdfunding; A duty of stewardship; First steps in stewarding; 11. If we had a little money; Till debt us do part; Rewards for loyalty; Banking on local; Social supply chains; 12. From 'me towns' to 'we towns'; Rediscovering the commons; Shared resources, shared responsibilities; Whole-place thinking
Space for serendipityMapping for change; Letting the light in; Hope for the future; References; Index
Summary Written in an engaging and accessible style, How to save our town centres asks whether the internet has killed our high streets and how the relationship between people and places is changing, how business is done and who benefits, and how the use and ownership of land affects us all
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Cities and towns -- Great Britain.
Urbanization -- Great Britain.
Cities and towns.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- City Planning & Urban Development.
Social Science -- Sociology -- Rural.
Great Britain.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1447323947