Community hub delayed – but community room in prospect

The community hub originally planned near the terrace entrance to the Barbican Arts Centre has been delayed – but as I reported in an update to my post there’s promise of a community room in the Barbican Library. Here’s photos of the area that would be enclosed as a room for use by local residents read more »

The City could get its first neighbourhood forum under Culture Mile BID plans

Final plans for a Business Improvement District in the north west of the City – which I detailed here – will go to the Corporation’s Policy and Resources committee on October 20, and then to a ballot of businesses in January. The key issue for residents, as I suggested in the earlier post, is what read more »

Latest business improvement plans could make City neighbourhoods better for all. If …

Establishment of the City’s latest BID could bring benefits to residents – but only with appropriate governance and community engagement. Shortish version below, and more detailed briefing notes here. Businesses in the City’s cultural district and main residential area will next year be asked to help support and lead on projects including greening, easier walking read more »

My EC1 Echo explainer on London Wall West, and update

Here’s my article on London Wall West, published in the current edition of the EC1 Echo. It was finalised after the City’s Court of Common Council on July 21, but I didn’t have time or space to analyse discussion in detail. I’ve provided an update below. Text of the article There are two very different read more »

A community hub at the Barbican Kitchen door could catalyse neighbourhood connections

Updates: my column in the EC1 Echo promotes these ideas for a community hub. However, staff changes at the Communities and Neighbourhoods team mean any developments on the hub are delayed until 2023. Just inside the Barbican Centre’s terrace entrance, on the way to the Barbican Kitchen restaurant, there’s a modest display area. The Centre’s read more »

London Starts Here could develop it’s own Destination City to engage supporters

London Starts Here is such a good name I hope that Barbican Quarter Action won’t mind if I suggest something that would benefit the campaign by picking up ideas from the City’s new recovery plan. The campaign points out that the City’s London Wall West office development seems out of line with its new Destination read more »

How radical story walks could help us engage with EC1/2

At the weekend I met up with Danny Budzak, who organises fascinating Radical Walks … about which more later, with ideas for walks in EC1 and EC2. The occasion on Saturday was a celebration of Richard Stubbs’ and Ruth Wareing’s 40th anniversary of their relationship and their recent civil partnership. It was an amazing event, read more »

Keep up to date on the new Museum of London

The debate about London Wall West – current home of the Museum of London – has highlighted the Museum’s closure in December 2022. There’s pages about that on the Museum website, and a more detailed history and vision for the future here. Ian Mansfield, who runs the excellent IanVisits site about What’s on in London, read more »

£50,000 Smithfield design competition might take inspiration from Bartholomew Fair

A new competition ‘Co-designing Equity in the Public Realm’ aims to deliver “temporary public realm interventions in Smithfield and East London that collectively develop a deeper understanding of the public’s experience of streets and public spaces”. The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) is collaborating with the City of London Corporation, its cultural district Culture Mile, read more »

Revive Bartholomew Fair? Maybe it’s already happening in Culture Mile

Articles in the EC1Echo about reviving Bartholomew Fair in 2023 have attracted support. However, in lots of ways we already have an all-year Fair taking place in the many venues along the City of London’s Culture Mile. Here’s a discussion paper on how we might combine a new Fair with promotion of those very varied read more »