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”

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”

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”

Destination City: good for visitors … what about residents too?

The Culture, Heritage and Libraries committee held a wide-ranging discussion today following a presentation about the vision for Destination City, which I wrote about earlier. Here’s some of the issues, and a suggestion on where best to explore the pros and cons of the programme for residents. Previous post about Destination City vision Presentation slides … Continue reading “Destination City: good for visitors … what about residents too?”

£60,000 community fund launched for groups in City’s Culture Mile

Grants of up to £5000 are available to community groups, charities and social enterprises in the north west of the City of London. The Culture Mile Business Improvement District has launched the Community Fund through ActionFunder, with a commitment of £60,000. “Through this community fund, we seek to support a breadth of local projects that … Continue reading “£60,000 community fund launched for groups in City’s Culture Mile”

Business Improvement District approved for City’s main residential district: here’s some issues

As expected, businesses in the north west of the City of London have voted to establish a Business Improvement District, and will pay a levy that is expected to generate £9 million over the next five years. The Culture Mile BID website says: “Driven by the private sector, the Culture Mile BID will go live … Continue reading “Business Improvement District approved for City’s main residential district: here’s some issues”

City Corporation stands down its Culture Mile team and offers public realm designs to business

Update1 : I’ve located a recording of the City residents meeting on January 11 where policy chair Chris Hayward promised more consultation in future with residents on changes in Culture Mile. I’ve added more on that below and here. Update2: following committee discussion on January 23 it is clearer that the offer to the Business … Continue reading “City Corporation stands down its Culture Mile team and offers public realm designs to business”

Can Destination City also help create a Liveable City?

I originally drafted this piece for a column in the EC1 Echo, but space is tight this time and we’ll revisit in print in the New Year. Meanwhile there’s discussion on Twitter about the cost and focus of the Destination City programme, and future use of the Museum of London site. The Culture Mile Business … Continue reading “Can Destination City also help create a Liveable City?”

Culture Mile changes as Destination City sets out plans

For the past five years Culture Mile has been a programme of activities and projects in the north west of the City, a way of branding the area, and a team coordinating development. Some of that is changing, but quite how much won’t be clear for a few months. City Corporation committees have now approved … Continue reading “Culture Mile changes as Destination City sets out plans”

’Seats at the table’ for equity coming to West Smithfield

Winners have been announced for the competition I wrote about in July to deliver in Spring 2023 “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”. A news release announced that Re-Fabricate and the DisOrdinary Architecture Project won the competition … Continue reading “’Seats at the table’ for equity coming to West Smithfield”