Regeneration in European Cities

The Iconic Erasmus Bridge
The Iconic Erasmus Bridge
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Comparisons with similar places in the UK (Gateshead, Southwark and Bradford) revealed ten messages for policy that are highly relevant to moves to devolve economic power to local authorities, following the Treasury's Sub National Review, and for providing the soft and hard infrastructure needed for sustainable growth:

1. Recognise that cities are in competition
2. Focus on the wider metropolitan area (or city regions)
3. Work together across boundaries, sectors and professions
4. Devolve real power and resources to city authorities
5. Provide incentives for sustainable success
6. Create attractive and balanced residential neighbourhoods
7. Invest in high quality infrastructure and public realm
8. Spread the benefits of economic development throughout the community
9. Build permanent delivery organisations and skills
10. Value the role of culture in regeneration

The summary concludes that 'The changes to the regional planning and budgeting systems along with the introduction of Multi-Area Agreements for groups of local authorities provides an ideal opportunity for making the connections that have been missing in the past'.

The report forms part of a wider programme of research that JRF has commissioned on Transforming People and Places. URBED has also been drawing lessons from Berlin and Dutch cities for sustainable communities, as well as international experience with Eco-towns.

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