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”

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”

Piloting a community information hub

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. As I reported in this post, the Barbican Library is planning a community hub that will include ways for residents to share information … Continue reading “Piloting a community information hub”

Barbican Library plans innovative community information hub

New plans for a community hub in the Barbican Library include ways for residents to share information more effectively, engage with the Corporation’s Destination City programme, and try out enhanced digital technologies. The hub is part of a general Refresh for the library. The hub ideas go back to some work I did last year … Continue reading “Barbican Library plans innovative community information hub”

Plans for a Barbican Library community room approved

The new community room in Barbican Library, which I wrote about here, is going ahead at a cost of £449,550. A report to the City Corporation’s Culture, Heritage and Libraries committee says the sum has been awarded from the Community Infrastructure Levy Neighbourhood Fund. It goes to the Barbican Association and Department of Community and … Continue reading “Plans for a Barbican Library community room approved”

Twitter Likes spark thoughts on the Echo, libraries and community information

I dropped into Barbican Library yesterday for an informative chat about the proposed community room, and on the way out spotted a pile of EC1 Echos. I’m keen to see more free distribution of the Echo in the City … particularly since I’m fortunate to be favoured with space for three pieces in this edition. … Continue reading “Twitter Likes spark thoughts on the Echo, libraries and community information”

Barbican Library invites comments on plans for a new community room

Barbican Library is running two information sessions to explain in more detail plans for a new community room, which I wrote about here. The first session is on Tuesday October 18th 1-2pm, and the second Tuesday October 25th 7-8pm. More below. As well as providing space for events, the community room could act as a … Continue reading “Barbican Library invites comments on plans for a new community room”

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 … Continue reading “Community hub delayed – but community room in prospect”

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. Further updates here on the idea of a hub, and a community room. Just inside the Barbican Centre’s terrace entrance, on the … Continue reading “A community hub at the Barbican Kitchen door could catalyse neighbourhood connections”