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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 […]

Johnny Depp for Manchester?  Why not?Deansgate: going up in the world

Johnny Depp for Manchester? Why not?

The UK media is agog today at reports that Hollywood heart-throb Johnny Depp is moving to Manchester.  Turns out it’s a load of codswallop, but does that matter, asks Merrion Strategy MD Dougal Paver. Depp apparently said: “I’m just tired of the L.A. lifestyle and I feel like, at this point in my life, I’d rather just live in a place full […]

Isn't all regeneration good?  That depends how you view itWhat's better: creative dereliction or jobs and regeneration?

Isn’t all regeneration good? That depends how you view it

Take a poor, semi-derelict and crime-ridden neighbourhood, apply money, skilled workers and vision and hey-presto! You have a ‘good thing’, surely?  Only if the beneficiaries come from a tightly proscribed group, according to one commentator. There’s a thoughtful fellow called John Harris who has written a series of absorbing articles about the regeneration of British cities for the Guardian newspaper.  One in […]