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Successful cities come in all shapes and sizes.Going pop any time soon

Successful cities teeter on the brink of failure

Some of the world’s most successful cities are succeeding just a little too much and policy-makers are struggling to keep the whole show from falling apart.  From Berlin to Barcelona, Venice to Dublin, it’s all getting a little bit fraught.  Dougal Paver takes a look at the issue. Venice had a population of 134,000 in 1931.  Now it stands at […]

Enterprise builds wealthEntrepreneur in da house. Step aside, Mr Government

The enterprise conundrum

A look at the data on new enterprise start-ups paints a very mixed picture, says Merrion MD Dougal Paver.  Should government do more to help, or would lower taxes and light-touch regulation suffice? Britain’s start-up culture is alive and well, running at well over half a million new companies a year, on average.  We’re almost at full employment so there’s […]

The competitor to the Liveprool Commonwealth Games bidBirmingham: industrial it may be, but it's very, very well connected

Is Boston’s Olympics knock-back a lesson for the Liverpool Commonwealth Games bid?

Boston secured America’s Olympics nomination for the 2024 games in January 2015.  By the summer the city had pulled out in the face of a quiet public revolt.  What lessons does it hold for Liverpool and Birmingham as they bid to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games?  Merrion MD Dougal Paver explores the issue. Boston: wealthy, sophisticated, beautiful and smart.  A […]

Has Birmingham been knocked off its perch as the UK's second city?Manchester. Is this now the UK's second city?

Has Birmingham been knocked off its perch as the UK’s second city?

A much-publicised suggestion by The Economist magazine that the government should move to Manchester whilst the Houses of Parliament are refurbished has given Birmingham’s cheerleaders a fit of the vapours.  Is it no longer the UK’s second city?  Merrion MD Dougal Paver investigates. In Britain’s Victorian hey-day at least four cities could make a credible claim to be the nation’s […]