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“Urban but not Anonymous”

With these words, Cord Soehlke, Mayor and Senior Planner for the University Town of Turbingen, Germany neatly summed up for me the differences and the challenges facing Scotland’s towns. As had been discussed earlier in the day at Scotland’s Towns … Continue reading

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What Have I Done with My PhD?

There is of course a very short answer to the question posed in the title of this post; I put the bound copy on the shelf and have watched it gather dust ever since. There is one somewhere in the … Continue reading

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The latest figures from the Local Data Company are headlined “Good and bad news”. The good news is that the bleeding has stopped (for now), but the bad news is it still hurts like hell. So 14.3% of shops are … Continue reading

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Retail: Serving Scotland’s Communities

As my relative silence over the last month might have indicated, I have been away for a few weeks rest and recuperation. Catching up is always interesting, especially as the fall out from Christmas continues. Quite a few things have … Continue reading

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Happy New Year – more for some than others

Now the Christmas reporting season has pretty much run its course, a number of general points seem to have surfaced. As with every other Christmas, there are always winners and losers and the curious mix of tactical success and structural … Continue reading

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Mary Mary, Quite … …

So, where were you on the day the high street was saved? With just the merest hint of irony, I was in a shopping centre for much of the day. But a shopping centre with fully integrated public transport links … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Towns Conference 2011: Think Local – Act Local!

A November day out in Dunfermline; what could be more pleasant or stimulating?  But, a day out at Scotland’s Towns Conference – oh the added value of it all.  So, to the Glen Pavilion on the 16th November it was, … Continue reading

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