The Covid regeneration game

This article explores how governments are rejuvenating and recovering the country’s high streets, and how a focus away from retail, and towards community involvement and creativity, is essential. This resource, and the case studies presented here, can be of great help for policy-makers and practitioners.

Date added 17 August 2021
Last updated 17 August 2021

This resource highlights that in order to regenerate high streets, the focus cannot be placed in the retail sector exclusively, and that the aim should be to create vibrant places with a diverse offer where people want to visit, as well as work and live in.

It also explains how high street experts are certain than in order to create liveable places, communities have to be involved in their redevelopment, bringing different ideas, voices, and experiences into play.

This resource offers three case studies to explore how regeneration is taking place. In doing so they interview local councils as well as local businesses. These three places are: Preston, focusing on culture (including event and gallery spaces, and food market stalls); Burton upon Trent, focusing on the public realm (including street furniture, benches, and trees); and Margate, focusing on repurposing vacant spaces (bringing new businesses, cultural spaces, training facilities, etc.).

This resource concludes that in order to regenerate high streets, creativity is key!