Why the Square Mile needs Citizens Forums 2.0 – and more

Last night’s Citizens Forum about Destination City attracted some 60 residents from the Square Mile, but unfortunately confirmed my fear that it would be therapy with free drinks rather than genuine engagement. (Ref: yesterday’s post and Arnstein’s ladder). Councillor Brendan Barns, the Resident Representative on the City Envoy Network, who organised the event, has a … Continue reading “Why the Square Mile needs Citizens Forums 2.0 – and more”

Residents get a chance to shape Destination City 2.0 – maybe

The City of London’s flagship programme to attract visitors is currently under review – and on Monday residents will have a chance to say what they think is needed. What will make the Square Mile a better place to live, as well as work and visit? So far the only formal consultation has been for … Continue reading “Residents get a chance to shape Destination City 2.0 – maybe”

Progress in 2023 and what’s next for 2024

Over the past year I’ve focussed mainly on projects in the City and Clerkenwell that developed from the idea of Exploring EC1, started before the pandemic. More background on that below, with plans for further development including an exciting project in North Kensington. Highlights in 2023 I’ve created a set of wiki pages that bring … Continue reading “Progress in 2023 and what’s next for 2024”

Another question about Destination City – and BIDs

Update: the Old Bailey venue for City Questions yesterday was very grand … but from my point of view not much use, because the acoustics were so terrible. I couldn’t hear Brendan Barns initial speech about Destination City, or subsequent discussion, and so didn’t want to pitch in. I’m submitting my question by email. As … Continue reading “Another question about Destination City – and BIDs”

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?”