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Will Covid-19 make parks even less accessible?
The Covid-19 pandemic has further revealed the importance of greenspaces for people’s health and wellbeing. This article, published by Nesta in October 2020, explores people’s desire for more greenspace during the pandemic, the ongoing inequalities involved in who has access to greenspaces across England, and what future trajectories for greenspaces might look like in the wake of the pandemic.Published 21 October 2020Category Resource
Creative Scotland Covid-19 research into arts and culture
This resource reports findings from the first stage of an ongoing research study into the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on arts and culture, commissioned by Creative Scotland, and conducted by 56 Degree Insight. It involved a population survey conducted in July/August 2020 to investigate people’s intentions to return to cultural activity, potential barriers and enabling factors, changes in cultural consumption, and whether impacts differ across activities and locations. Insights could be taken from this research to inform understandings in other places, including English high streets and town centres.Published 21 October 2020Category Resource
Pandemics and planning: immediate-, medium- and long(er)-term implications of the current coronavirus crisis on planning in Britain
This article by Charles Goode examines the implications of COVID-19 on planning in Britain. It reflects on how planning policy and the profession could change post-coronavirus and raises questions about related issues.Published 21 October 2020Category Resource
The human infrastructure of a cycling city: Amsterdam through the eyes of international newcomers
This research paper explores the social norms, that alongside physical factors, encourage cycling as a form of transport. This study analyses the experiences of international newcomers in taking up cycling, in the specific city of Amsterdam. This study is of great interest to policy-makers in cities that see the benefits of cycling in making places more liveable, by reducing congestion, air pollution, and transport emissions; and improving public health.Published 21 October 2020Category Resource
The use of online and social media has become of utmost importance when promoting tourism destinations. While many places are aware of the importance of review sites such as Trip Adviser, the value of Wikipedia is often overlooked, yet economists claim that even “adding a few paragraphs and photos can boost revenue by £100,000 for small cities”. This article in The Guardian (online) is based upon findings reported in a pre-print of this academic paper that outlines the experimental research that was undertaken: Hinnosaar, M., Hinnosaar, T., Kummer, M. and Slivko, O. (2019). Wikipedia Matters. Available at SSRN. DOI:10.2139/ssrn.3046400Published 19 October 2020Category Resource
Digital High Street 2020 Report
The Digital High Street 2020 Report contextualises the future of the high street in the digital era and makes recommendations that are critical to the revitalisation of high streets in the impending digitally dominated world.Published 16 October 2020Category Resource
Healthy high streets: Good place-making in an urban setting
This 2018 report from Public Health England looks at how to create ‘healthy high streets’, and it also outlines the potentially damaging effects of ‘unhealthy high streets’, which may comprise a lack of green space, perceptions of crime, and non-inclusive design. It argues for the ability of high street diversity; green and blue infrastructure; traffic calming; decluttered streets; and feelings of security, to enhance local population health and reduce health inequalities.Published 15 October 2020Category Resource
How will COVID-19 affect urban planning?
This short article, published on The City Fix in April 2020, focuses on the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on urban planning. It discusses five key ways urban planning might shift in response to Covid-19: importance of access to core services; affordable housing and public space; access to green and blue spaces; increased city-regional planning; and more evidence-based planning decisions.Published 15 October 2020Category Resource
The Portas Review: An independent review into the future of our high streets
This notable review into the future of high streets and town centres, conducted by Mary Portas in 2011, explores the key structural challenges they have faced, and continue to face, presenting a vision for enhancing their future vitality and viability. It offers 28 key recommendations about how high streets and town centres can be transformed, including the creation of a town team, a national market day, and a more flexible use class system.Published 15 October 2020Category Resource