What is the future for our local high streets?

This resource from Future Everything shares some initial findings from the ‘this place [of mine]’ project - a Greater Manchester initiative aiming to reimagine our high streets through digital art and creativity. It captures young people’s views of what they want their future high streets to look like; if and how they want to be involved; and how their high street makes them feel.

Date added 5 October 2021
Last updated 5 October 2021

This resource from Future Everything shares some initial findings from the ‘this place [of mine]’ project - a Greater Manchester initiative aiming to reimagine our high streets through digital art, culture and creativity. Given young people’s views about the future of high streets and town centres can be neglected and challenging to capture, the project is especially designed to empower young people and amplify their voices. Initially beginning as a Young Producers scheme involving 10 young creatives from the region, the project aims to provide a (digital) space where young people can express their views about place, heritage, and the future of high streets through digital tools, creative storytelling, and collaborative methods such as co-producing digital artworks. Key findings arising from the initiative so far are summarised below:

  • 58% said they wanted to completely rebuild their high streets and town centres, with only 9% wanting things to stay the same.
  • Whilst 47% of people report their high street makes them feel happy, 53% of young people feel sad, bored, or apathetic about their high street currently.
  • 51% of people most wanted to see more nature and trees on future high streets.
  • 56% of visitors to the site said they most wanted more opportunities to make art on future high streets.
  • Only 1/3 of people felt their high street was a place for young people, with nearly 50% wanting to get more involved in decision-making around what high streets in the future might look like.

To read more about the ‘this place [of mine]’ project, please see here [link to external site]