What is Destination City now – and who is it for?

I’m looking forward to the next Citizens Forum about Destination City on Monday May 20 – not least hoping to find out just what it is. Booking here. See below for an update from the event. Councillor Brendan Barns, the Resident Representative on the City Envoy Network, has previously organised some excellent Forum events. Earlier … Continue reading “What is Destination City now – and who is it for?”

Citizens Forum gets first-hand report of Destination City review

The second Citizens Forum event about Destination City, held yesterday evening, was a great success on several counts. It was a fascinating venue, the content was highly relevant, drinks and food generous, and the overall style engaging. I also figured out a technical fix to deal with my hearing problem, which may be more generally … Continue reading “Citizens Forum gets first-hand report of Destination City review”

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”

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”

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”

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”

Clash of dates highlights the engagement opportunity for Destination City

Update: I’ve developed a set of pages on this wiki bringing together official reports, articles and blog posts about Destination City together with questions that I think might arise at the November 7 event. The City Question Time event has moved to December 14 6pm at the Old Bailey, with a festive celebration afterwards. Sign … Continue reading “Clash of dates highlights the engagement opportunity for Destination City”