Monthly Archives: February 2013

Pick of the Day: The Really Really Free Market

“Disambiguation: According to the capitalist lexicon, the “Free Market” is the economic system in which prices are determined by unrestricted competition between privately owned businesses. Any sensible person can recognize immediately that neither human beings nor resources are free in … Continue reading

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Urban Foresight in Times of Meteorites

by Renard Teipelke On the 15th February 2013, Chelyabinsk Obast in Russia was hit by the glowing remainders of a meteorite which entered the earth and caused approximately 1’500 people being injured and 3’000 buildings in the region being damaged. … Continue reading

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Are our town centres really dying?

by Ares Kalandides I recently blogged two newspaper articles that dealt with retail (here and here) and promised to explain my choice soon. The first discussed the losses of the retail sector in Britain since the beginning of the recession … Continue reading

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The Berlin update: 23rd February 2013

by Ares Kalandides My pick of the news every Saturday (I had to skip last week because I was in Manchester for a conference). Today with the following: 1. Germany in the top 5 of weapon exporters in the world … Continue reading

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Pick of the day: Online grocery market will double within five years | Business | The Guardian

You will probably wonder how this is related to “place”, but I will write a commentary very soon linking it to consequences for our town centres: “The online UK groceries market is one of the fastest-growing areas in retail, but … Continue reading

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Pick of the day: Creative Capitalist City – the Struggle for affordable space in Amsterdam

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Pick of the day: CDC – Healthy Places – Health Effects of Gentrification

“Where people live, work, and play has an impact on their health. Several factors create disparities in a community’s health. Examples include socioeconomic status, land use/the built environment, race/ethnicity, and environmental injustice. In addition, displacement has many health implications that … Continue reading

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Pick of the day: UK Retailers Have Lost £23bn Since The Start Of The Recession

No wonder town centres built round retail are in trouble: “The cost of the recession to Britain’s retailers has been calculated as a whopping £23 billion since the start of the recession. The figures, compiled by research specialists Conlumino for ecommerce … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on the Place Management and Place Branding Conference at Manchester Metropolitan University

by Ares Kalandides Back to everyday life after almost a week in Manchester, I will try to write down my thoughts on the conference while they’re still fresh. One reason I enjoyed it immensely was that it was organized almost … Continue reading

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Pick of the day: Are Main Streets a thing of the past? Is that OK? | Kaid Benfield’s Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

“But today, “Main Street” has also become a metonym, used to symbolize much more than a literal street or commercial district.  We hear politicians and political pundits proclaim that “we don’t want policies that help Wall Street but hurt Main … Continue reading

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