City planners report on residents’ priorities for Destination City

Back in the summer residents were invited to a workshop to contribute ideas on how to draft the City Plan 2040 in support of the Corporation’s Destination City programme to attract more visitors. The results are now published as part of an overall Consultation Statement, and align with a new direction for the programme. Residents … Continue reading “City planners report on residents’ priorities for Destination City”

Remembering radical community action in North Kensington

Tucked away under the Westway motorway near Portobello Market is an engaging photographic exhibition that highlights several pioneering projects of the 1960s and 1970s. The main focus is a set of photographs by Adam Ritchie documenting a Summer Play Programme. As the exhibition programme says: “This exhibition focuses on Adam’s photography documenting pioneering Summer Play … Continue reading “Remembering radical community action in North Kensington”

A reset for Destination City as Liveable City may be on the way

On Monday this week the City Corporation publicly signalled a reset in the direction of its flagship Destination City programme, with more emphasis on promoting existing cultural and heritage attractions, rather than big events with bought-in acts. Residents will be offered more say. The Culture, Heritage and Libraries committee had papers on an evaluation of … Continue reading “A reset for Destination City as Liveable City may be on the way”

New study to design streets and spaces in Culture Mile raises issues of resident engagement

The Culture Mile Business Improvement District is carrying out a new Public Realm Study for the north west of the City of London including Barbican, Golden Lane Estate and Smithfield. I think it raises some issues of accountability and engagement – see below. The announcement in the November newsletter says: Public Realm Strategy Consultation “We … Continue reading “New study to design streets and spaces in Culture Mile raises issues of resident engagement”

Corporation dropping funding for Bartholomew Fair and rethinking Destination City

Following the meeting yesterday of the City Corporation’s Policy and Resources committee it is pretty clear that its flagship Destination City programme to attract visitors is going to change. My report here and video recording here. No longer, it seems, will the Corporation back and organise big events like Golden Key (£1m for one day … Continue reading “Corporation dropping funding for Bartholomew Fair and rethinking Destination City”

Bartholomew Fair evaluation published … no more Corporation funding?

The City Corporation has published an evaluation report on Bartholomew Fair – held over three weeks in September – detailing visitor numbers, their spending, preferences, and the partnerships formed to put on 250 events in 17 locations across the Square Mile. The Fair was part of the Destination City programme – which is now under … Continue reading “Bartholomew Fair evaluation published … no more Corporation funding?”

Why we need a Guide to Culture Mile and Destination City

Plans to engage residents in Destination City highlight the need for accessible information about the Corporation’s flagship programme, and a main area for cultural development. I suggest we need a Guide to what’s happening and what’s planned, with councillors taking a lead in its development. You can skip to the Guide proposals here. Update summary … Continue reading “Why we need a Guide to Culture Mile and Destination City”

Campaign responds to Corporation’s decision to demolish former Museum of London

Update: the City Corporation has formally submitted a planning application – to itself – for permission to develop the London Wall West site that it owns. It was formerly home to the Museum of London, which is moving to West Smithfield. Ian Mansfield provides a detailed explanation of the plans. January 31 2024 The Barbican … Continue reading “Campaign responds to Corporation’s decision to demolish former Museum of London”

More office towers will help Destination City, says planning chief

A City Corporation news release accompanying images of the Square Mile skyline in 2030 says more office development is needed to meet demand, and that in addition office towers will support its Destination City programme aimed at attracting visitors. We’re delighted to share our new image of what the city skyline will look like in … Continue reading “More office towers will help Destination City, says planning chief”