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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 […]

Wealth, the Seattle waySeattle, where the rain never gets in the way of creating wealth

Staggering wealth accrues to the few as tech entrepreneurs follow the money

Just a handful of the world’s cities account for half of global venture capital investment in tech innovation.  No surprises: London is the UK’s only representative in this stellar league table.  Merrion MD Dougal Paver ponders what this means for Britain’s provincial cities scrambling to build and sustain their own tech sectors. Get this: the conurbations of San Francisco, Washington […]

Why Liverpool's Big Dig couldn't dig deep enoughThe quickest way to by-pass the Strand at 8am

Why Liverpool’s Big Dig couldn’t dig deep enough

Liverpool’s Big Dig caused angst a-plenty before its conclusion in 2008, but few would now deny that it wasn’t a great success. But for many there’s a nagging worry that it didn’t go far – or deep – enough. You’ll remember its purpose – improve traffic circulation around the city centre and remove car journeys through town, re-balancing it so […]

Density + Shanks's pony = healthy cities, healthy economiesThe dense Georgian town planning in Liverpool's Canning neighbourhood: liveable, walkable and sociable

Density + Shanks’s pony = healthy cities, healthy economies

Our colonial cousins worry about suburbanisation far more than here in the UK, with a lively city-focused blogosphere debating how American cities can  boost population densities.  If their research is a guide, there are very clear social, health and economic outcomes. Here’s a case in point from the admirable CEOs for Cities blog.  Everything we take for granted – liveable […]

Boston waterfront at duskBoston, USA: not in need of an Olympics inspired economic boost

The Liverpool Commonwealth Games: urban regeneration beano or an invitation to fiscal profligacy?

Those who take issue with government’s free-wheeling attitude towards their hard-earned were cheering Boston’s recent decision to decline the ‘honour’ of being America’s bidding city for the 2024 summer Olympics. When it comes to fiscal larceny on a grand scale there’s nowt like an Olympics for emptying taxpayers’ wallets. Just one – yep, one – in post-war history has turned […]