Has the age of the internet killed our high streets? Have our town and city centres become obsolete?
How to Save Our Town Centres delves below the surface of empty buildings and ‘shop local’ campaigns to focus on the real issues: 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.
Written in an engaging and accessible style and illustrated with numerous original interviews, the book sets out a comprehensive and coherent agenda for long-term, citizen-led change. It will be a valuable resource for policymakers and researchers in planning, architecture and the built environment, economic development and community participation.
Rather than being seen simply as social policy implementors, in recent decades there has been increasing recognition of social workers as professionals with unique knowledge and insights to contribute to policy formulation and social justice.
This book offers a path-breaking, evidence-based theoretical framework for understanding why social workers engage in policy, both as professionals and citizens, and the impact of their actions. Drawing on concepts from social work and the political, sociological and policy sciences, the authors set out the implications of this framework for research, education and practice.
of the picture. A lot of people have to use cars – including many people with disabilities, elderly people or those travelling from locations that aren’t served by public transport. Some, including families with children, often find it much more convenient to use a car. And few things are more guaranteed to enrage motorists, whether they need to use their vehicles or simply prefer to, than the cost of parking – a cost that many see as a punitive tax on a facility that they can enjoy free of charge at most out-of-town shopping centres. In recent years an
from all backgrounds and at all stages of their life? Does it welcome children or people with disabilities? Partnering a concept of the whole place should be a philosophy of stewardship. If a place is for everybody, all should be involved in its care, preservation and development. There will inevitably be differences of opinion about how that should be done and what should be done first. Community-led planning and community organising, where people are enabled to articulate their concerns and hopes, can help to bring those differences to light and generate a
the more upmarket establishments you might expect within spitting distance of Westminster Abbey. Creating living space, whether above shops, next door to them or around the corner, is only part of what makes a town centre a place to live. To attract a wide range of people a town centre needs to 196 How to save our town centres provide all the essential services, from doctors’ surgeries to parks and gardens, from children’s play areas and nurseries to social centres and meeting places for elderly people or people with disabilities. A town centre will never be
disabilities, drop-in centres and lunch clubs. There are places of worship, theatres and arts centres. There are services provided by private businesses too, such as local newspapers, that serve a civic as well as a commercial function. None of these are predominantly about retail, yet they all lay the foundations of a sense of place. Look at old pictures or descriptions of British high streets and you’ll see this social infrastructure to the fore, complementing and underpinning the street’s commercial functions. Today they’re often relics, to be found on the names
in the 1980s that the contribution of clients, now referred to as ‘service users’, became central to social work. Parallel to these developments, some of which reflected the growing consumerism of the neoliberal era and the power of social movements, in particular, that of people with disabilities, there was a growing demand within social work that the profession take heed of individual service users and their collective voice ( Beresford and Croft, 2004 ), and incorporate them in the diverse facets of its activity. The impact of this growing emphasis on the
for a variety of community perspectives to feed into decision making, with an emphasis on the participation of groups that are vulnerable to both climate impacts and to the impacts of climate policies themselves. This will require, as a minimum, vulnerability, and risk assessments to be conducted for communities across the city to assess the projected impacts, feeding in the lived experiences of individuals from these groups. Civil society groups in Bristol, including the Black and Green Ambassadors and the Bristol Disability Equality Forum, are already working to
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